K-State bounced back from a week of overtime games – losing to West Virginia in Wichita and beating North Florida in Manhattan – with an impressive 71-58 win at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Saturday night. The Wildcats won despite getting only five total points from Rodney McGruder and Thomas Gipson.
The play of true freshman point guard Angel Rodriguez was the biggest revelation Saturday. Rodriguez scored 13 points and tallied seven assists on a night when Will Spradling was sick and McGruder was mysteriously non-existent.
Jordan Henriquez came off the bench to score 17 points, a career-high, to make-up for Gibson’s quiet day.
Alabama had beat North Florida by 22 points, and then turned around and beat Oklahoma State easily last night, so this looks like a great win for K-State. Bama was ranked 21st, and does not shoot the ball well, but attacks the rim.
The win helped K-State (7-1) jump to 35 in the RPI rankings.
Gipson makes Rush the Court’s list of overachievers for his play thus far for K-State.
Today, Kansas State takes on Southern Illinois at 3:30 in the Diamond Head Classic and the Topeka Capital-Journal says defense will still be the priority.
The KC Star says K-State’s deep bench could be an asset with three games coming in four days.