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Kansas State moved its home record to 8-0 on New Year's Eve with a 20-point win over South Dakota.
Still reeling from their impressive victory over Florida on Dec. 22, the Kansas State Wildcats picked up their 11th win of the season on Monday afternoon over South Dakota, 70-50.
Led by consistent performances from forward Nino Williams and guard Rodney McGruder, the Wildcats used their length to force South Dakota's ball-handlers into a string of mistakes. In addition to finishing the day with just four total assists as a team, the Coyotes turned the ball over 13 times and made just two of their 11 three-point field goals. The 6'5 Williams led all players with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and bounced back in a big way from a poor shooting performance in his team's win over UMKC on Saturday.
After struggling from the outside against UMKC, the Wildcats managed to hone in their range from the three-point line in Monday's win. The trio of McGruder, Shane Southwell and Will Spradling combined to finish 7-for-16 from behind the arc, as an undersized South Dakota defense was simply no match for Kansas State's dangerous stable of three-point marksmen. Now 11-2 after wrapping up non-conference play, Bruce Weber's team will begin its Big 12 season this Saturday afternoon against the No. 22-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.