(1090 The Fan) — Led by 14 points from junior forward Thomas Gipson, Kansas State held serve at home and upset No. 21-ranked Gonzaga 72-62, Saturday.
Kansas State (8-3) built a 5-point first-half lead, then withstood a 16-7 Bulldog run over a 5-minute span in the second half that lifted Gonzaga to a 1-point lead at 48-47 with 10:51 remaining. Gonzaga’s Drew Barham scored seven of his team-high 13 points to key the run.
The Wildcats, though, were able to retake the lead when Nigel Johnson converted a 3-point play at 8:24, for a 54-52 lead. After an official timeout, Wesley Iwundu made two free throws to extend the lead to 56-52 and the Wildcats continued a 15-2 run that put them ahead 66-54 with less than a minute to play.
Marcus Foster added 14 points and six rebounds, Iwundu had 13 points and Shane Southwell had 11 to cap double-figure scorers for Kansas State which has now won six in a row since starting the year out 2-3.
Gonzaga (10-2) saw its own 6-game win streak snapped despite a balanced scoring effort. Along with Barham’s 13 points, the Bulldogs received double-figure scoring from Kevin Pangos (12), David Stockton (10), Przemek Karnowski (10) and Kyle Dranqinis (10).
Gonzaga shot 48 percent from the field, but was held to its lowest output of the season thus far after entering with a scoring average of 87.5 points per game. The Bulldogs held Kansas State to 44 percent shooting from the field, however the Wildcats held the free-throw advantage by a wide margin, making 19-of-25 while the Bulldogs were limited to just 7-of-15.
Rest could have played a factor as it was the Bulldogs’ first game in a week and the team will now rest another week before taking on Santa Clara on the 28th.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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