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.