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Kansas State vs. North Dakota recap: Wildcats' big second half leads to blowout in season opener

Wildcats lean on their defense before the offense is able to catch up in win No. 1 of the season.

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas St. Wildcats didn't have any problems dispatching of the University of North Dakota, 85-52, on Friday night in their first game of the season.

The Wildcats put four players in double figures led by Thomas Gipson and Angel Rodriguez, who both put in 13 points. Eleven different players scored for the Wildcats and 13 played with Rodney McGruder playing the most minutes at 28.

The Wildcats held the team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux to 30.2% shooting, including just 2-for-18 from the three-point line. Only one player finished in double-figures for North Dakota with Troy Huff scoring 12 points but he shot only 4-for-15 from the field.

The Wildcats only led 36-27 at the half but they blew the game open in the second, outscoring North Dakota, 49-25 to take control of the game. The Wildcats dominated on the boards with a 48-35 advantage and forced North Dakota into 19 turnovers.

The Wildcats play Lamar next on Monday, Nov. 12.