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November 16, 2015
The 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic continued with one Host Round game in Manhattan, Kansas as Kansas State took on Columbia in Bramlage Coliseum. KSU outrebounded CU by ten, eight of them on the offensive end, which led to ten more shot attempts and seven more baskets as they won their second game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic 81-71.
The Wildcats never trailed in the game, and after being tied at 2-2, slowly took their lead out to 13 points after senior guard Justin Edwards knocked down a jumper at the 6:49 mark in the first half. Columbia mounted a quick comeback right after that and cut the lead to four with a three-pointer from junior forward Luke Petrasek. K-State stopped the Lions’ 9-0 run and held a five-point lead at the half.
Kansas State came out of the locker room with energy and quickly scored the first six points of the second half in a little over a minute and took an 11 point lead and again stretched it out to 13 points. The Lions continued to fight and cut a 12-point deficit to three after three straight three-pointers from tested veterans, seniors Maodo Lo, Alex Rosenberg, and Grant Mullins. The Wildcats answered with a 9-0 run of their own and put the lead back to 12 with 2:37 left to play.
But the game was not locked away for KSU as Edwards and freshman guard Kamau Stokes each missed the second of their two free throws with under a minute left in the game. Columbia was able to capitalize, getting a three-point play from Petrasek and draining a three by Rosenberg, and cut the KSU lead to six with 21 seconds remaining. The Wildcats regained their composure at the line and hit their last four free throws and the Lions missed their last two three-point attempts and Kansas State (2-0) held on for the ten-point victory.
Kansas State was led by Edwards who scored 19 points, tied for the team high with six rebounds, dished out seven assists, and turned the ball over only once. His fellow starters also scored in double figures as freshman forward Dean Wade had 17 points, junior forward Wesley Iwundu scored 16, Stokes had 11, and senior forward Stephen Hurt dropped in ten. Columbia (1-1) got a strong effort from Petrasek who scored 19 points off the bench while starters Rosenberg (16), Lo (12), and Mullins (11) all scored in double figures as well. Senior guard Isaac Cohen led all rebounders with ten boards.
About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Friday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers. The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.
Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate. The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.
The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com. Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.
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Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.