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Monday, February 10, 2014

Wildcats beat Kansas for first time since 2011

Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu gets an overtime bucket to widen the Wildcats' overtime lead on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu gets an overtime bucket to widen the Wildcats' overtime lead on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Bramlage Coliseum.

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KANSAS STATE 85, KANSAS 82 (OT)

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— The last time former Kansas State Wildcat Jordan Henriquez felt this much joy inside Bramlage Coliseum was Valentine's Day 2011, when his KSU team knocked off Kansas University for the lone victory of his career against the Jayhawks.

Monday night was not quite as sweet as that one for Henriquez, a 2013 KSU graduate who sat behind the Wildcats' bench and watched his former team scrap and claw its way to an 85-82 overtime victory, but it was close.

“It's a great feeling seeing these young guys go out there and tough it out to get this win,” said Henriquez, who blended into the scene around him that included frenzied fans rushing the floor and people, young and old, taking pictures and sending texts on their cell phones. “It's just incredible.”

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Henriquez, who left KSU as the school's all-time blocks leader (210), always was one of the more emotional players to don K-State purple during the past decade. So it stung him as much as anybody to go through his final two seasons in Manhattan without a win over Kansas. Asked if what he witnessed Monday night at all made up for coming up short during his final two seasons, the big guy let out an even bigger smile and nodded his head without hesitation.

“It does,” he said. “It's always been about family here at K-State, from the minute I stepped foot on campus even to now when I come back. It's always a great feeling to come back home, and this just made it even better.”

Henriquez, who now plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA's D-League, said he felt the best for the older guys on the K-State roster who won't have to end their careers with the same sinking feeling he did.

“This team has a lot of young guys and they're going to make mistakes,” he said. “But they stayed together and found a way to finish it out tonight. I give credit to the seniors who were able to finish their careers off right by getting this one at home. It's huge for them to know they split one-and-one with Kansas.”

As for the game itself, which K-State controlled most of the way thanks largely to a ton of timely layups and a bench that outscored a deeper KU squad, 30-26, KSU coach Bruce Weber was more than a little disappointed that his team allowed Monday's game to get to overtime in the first place.

“We just made some really bad decisions down the stretch,” Weber said. “But you gotta give Kansas credit. They didn't quit and they just kept coming at us.”

Weber's message to his team before the final five minutes was simple.

“Between the overtime and regulation I just said, 'Guys, look at me, you guys have worked too hard to let this thing slip,'” Weber said. “Before the game, we talked about character and letting that be the deciding factor, and we played with a lot of character.”

Comments

Danny Hernandez 7 years ago

No Jamari, hardly and Embiid and Kansas almost pulled this off. Kansas just needs to get to full strength. And our guards have to do a better job at defending on the perimeter to keep guys out of the paint

Scott Yessen 7 years ago

Exactly. Tharpe is killing us right now. His man gets to the paint anytime he wants and it forces our bigs to help too much. Leads to open 3's and fouls on those bigs.

Danny Hernandez 7 years ago

No Jamari, hardly and Embiid and Kansas almost pulled this off. Kansas just needs to get to full strength. And our guards have to do a better job at defending the perimeter to keep guys out of the paint, something that they haven't done all year

Damian Glaze 7 years ago

As far as I'm concerned this appeared to be a loss Bill was willing to take to make a point to his players. They need to get tougher and they need to give the effort he expects every game. Embiid seemed like he wanted back in the game, but Bill wasn't having it. Selden not playing in crunch time was making a statement. Whatever Traylor did to get bench was another statement. Certainly, Bill wasn't trying to lose, but he was definitely using this game as a way to get a message to his players that at this time in the season no BS will be tolerated. Disappointing loss, but I hope it hits home the message he was trying to convey.

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