NCAAB Game Recap - Kansas State at UNLV
Sat Nov 9, 2019 4:00 PM EST

URI
55
MD
73
F
ArkPB
60
Gonz
110
F
Stony
57
Seton
74
F
BethC
44
TxTch
79
F
Bois
75
Oreg
106
F
Tex
70
Purd
66
F
Alc
72
ULMo
73
F(OT)
GWebb
59
WCU
71
F
Nich
75
Pitt
70
F
RobM
57
ND
92
F
CenAR
78
GTown
89
F
UNCA
91
Citad
76
F
(N/A)
50
Ohio
88
F
HolyC
83
UNH
87
F
UMass
62
Fairf
60
F
(N/A)
63
Boston
91
F
Morg
57
Temp
75
F
Lafy
72
StFNY
73
F
S UT
79
Nebras
78
F(OT)
WriSt
88
MiaO
81
F
PorSt
74
Ind
85
F
GASt
80
Charl
84
F
NCC
64
SFA
94
F
TXSo
63
WichSt
69
F
PVAM
69
UCF
73
F
UMKC
51
OkSt
69
F
UMBC
65
FlGlf
61
F
UtVal
62
Denv
74
F
Del
56
SIU
54
F
LoyMD
98
ChiSt
85
F
(N/A)
54
Clev
79
F
MidTN
73
Lipsco
70
F
Iona
64
LaSal
70
F(OT)
How
62
GrgWas
76
F
TxSt
71
AF
78
F
KansSt
60
UNLV
56
F(OT)
SDSU
76
BYU
71
F
APSU
75
W Ky
97
F
NrthIA
64
NIU
54
F
CenCT
57
StJon
87
F
Wagn
64
PSU
91
F
Monm
74
Hof
94
F
IaSt
74
OrSt
80
F
Penn
61
Rice
80
F
TNSt
57
Chat
59
F
NJIT
47
Prov
76
F
Canis
68
Brown
75
F
Ida
51
UCRiv
58
F
TexSA
62
Oakl
75
F
(N/A)
60
MTSt
93
F
USD
62
LongB
74
F
Leh
74
Albany
70
F
HiPt
61
Woff
89
F
(N/A)
58
MtStM
75
F
Ball
75
Evans
79
F
NOrl
53
Butl
79
F
W MI
115
WIMil
110
F(3OT)
(N/A)
64
WIGB
115
F
Valpa
70
StLou
81
F
IndSt
81
Dayt
86
F
ETSU
92
TN-M
75
F
Stetsn
77
W IL
75
F
IUPUI
56
Brad
90
F
UCIrv
73
Pepp
77
F
Tuls
59
TexAr
73
F
(N/A)
70
TNTec
83
F
McNee
80
ULLa
85
F
SoMis
69
SthAL
75
F
South
49
Murr
69
F
Okla
71
Minn
62
F
Princ
72
USF
82
F
CSNor
70
NM
97
F
SDSt
93
CSBak
91
F(2OT)
E WA
74
Seatt
66
F
LoyMa
67
Nev
72
F
CS-Ful
54
Stan
70
F

Nov 9, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Kansas State (2-0)

16

32

12

60

UNLV (1-1)

23

25

8

56

Kansas State topples UNLV 60-56 in overtime
Sat Nov 9, 2019 9:08 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) As Xavier Sneed clutched his right ankle and writhed in pain on the floor in front of Kansas State's bench near the end of the first half Saturday and coach Bruce Weber was more concerned with his senior guard's long-term health just two games into the season.

The concern didn't last long.

Sneed started the second half, eventually buried back-to-back 3-pointers that tied the game, finished with 19 points including the game-winner in overtime, and Kansas State defeated UNLV 60-56.

"He's our senior, he's our go-to guy, obviously he has the most points, he guards the best players," Weber said. "He came back and he was huge."

Montavious Murphy gave Kansas State a 54-52 lead with 1:10 left in overtime when he drove the baseline, drew a foul and converted the free throw. UNLV's Amauri Hardy answered by dribbling around and through a pair of Kansas State defenders to hit a short jumper and tie the game at 54 with 44.2 seconds left.

But Sneed dropped in a mid-range jumper from the baseline to give K-State a 56-54 lead with :28 to play.

Mike McGuir and Sneed each drained two free throws in the final seconds to put the game out of reach.

"We had a tough shooting night in the first half, got it going, got some good, big time buckets from everybody," Sneed said.

Cartier Diarra added 12 points and six assists for Kansas State, while McGuir contributed with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Wildcats overcame 37.3 percent shooting, as they hit just 22 of 59 from the floor, to erase a double-digit first-half deficit.

"Our guys just gutted it out," Weber said. "I thought our guys stayed together. We had a lot of guys make big plays; we finally got some stops without fouling in the second half. At the end we made some big shots, made some big stops and that's how you win games."

Hardy led UNLV with 27 points, while Elijah Mitrou-Long chipped in with 10 points and Cheikh Mbacke Diong had four points and 11 rebounds.

Kansas State's 19-10 run to start the second half, bolstered by Sneed's 3-pointers, triggered its comeback.

After the Wildcats took a 35-33 lead with 10:20 left in the game - their first lead since the 18:33 mark of the first half - UNLV answered with a 5-0 run to get back in front, 38-35.

The teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with neither taking a lead bigger than three points until overtime.

The Runnin' Rebels led 68.8 percent of the game, spanning 30 minutes and 58 seconds while Kansas State only held a lead for a little more than five minutes, 11.4 percent of the game.

"We gotta stay true to ourselves, gotta hang our hats on defense, not on offense," Hardy said. "If we continue to get stops we put ourselves in chances to have more offensive possessions. A couple of times we slipped up and let guys get to the paint. Easy drives, give up the baseline, which puts us in rotation and that's things we don't want to do."

UNLV also committed 25 turnovers, which Kansas State capitalized on by scoring 19 points.

"I was hoping we'd play little better, but we hung in there, we found a way to win (and) made the plays when it counted," Weber said. "Our guys learned about game plan, staying together, fighting, persevering; you can win games in different ways."

The Runnin' Rebels seized control of the momentum in the first half after falling behind 4-0 early, using a 14-0 run to open a 10-point lead. Hardy led the charge with UNLV's first 10 points of the game, including a pair from behind the 3-point line.

Outside of Hardy's outburst for UNLV, neither team was impressive offensively, often showing signs of sloppiness to the tune of 23 first-half turnovers combined.

The Wildcats took advantage of UNLV's miscues and stormed back with runs of 6-0 and 12-4 to get within two, at 18-16. But it was UNLV's domination on the boards that helped it close the half with the last two buckets, including Hardy's third 3-pointer to that point, giving the Rebels a 23-16 lead at the half.

UNLV outrebounded the Wildcats in the game 43-37.

"They're one of the best defensive teams in the country," Otzelberger said. "We probably need more ball movement, but they're a top five defensive team in the country. It's really impressive to hold a Big 12 champion program we have a lot of respect for to 16 first half points. We have to do better coming out and starting the second half."

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats are coming off a 25-win campaign and a loss to UC Irvine in the first round of the NCAA tournament. And while they were 7-5 in true road games last season, they were 0-3 vs. non-conference foes. Coach Bruce Weber said he wanted to schedule a true road game early in the season so his young team could "grow up fast." It was the earliest non-conference road game in school history.

UNLV: Coach T.J. Otzelberger was looking for his players to match Kansas State's physicality with an aggressive approach in the second half, knowing the defending Big 12 champions liked to pressure the ball and disrupt offensive rhythm the length of the court while forcing teams into tough shots. The much bigger Wildcats outscored UNLV 44-33 in the second half and overtime.

TURNING POINT: While Sneed's back-to-back 3-pointers capped a 12-point burst to start the Wildcats in the second half, Murphy's baseline drive in overtime that drew a foul, and his ensuing made free throw, gave Kansas State the momentum it needed down the stretch.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Runnin' Rebels extended their NCAA-record streak for most consecutive games scoring at least one 3-pointer. Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 1,072 games played.

UP NEXT

Kansas State: Host Monmouth on Wednesday.

UNLV: Visits California on Tuesday.

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Leaders

Kansas State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Sloan 0 0 0 0 0 0
X. Sneed 19 0 1 5 0 0
UNLV PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Dembele 0 0 1 2 0 0
A. Hardy 27 0 3 4 1 1

Team Comparison

KansSt UNLV
Points For 60 56
Field Goals 22/59-37% 20/58-34%
Three Pointers 4/23-17% 7/26-27%
Free Throws 12/13-92% 9/14-64%
Offensive Rebounds 15 20
Defensive Rebounds 22 23
Rebounds 41 47
Blocks 3 5
Steals 9 9
Turnovers 20 25
Personal Fouls 19 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - KansSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 9 KansSt 60 @ UNLV 56 M. Mawien 2 D. Tillman 1

Game Information

Stadium: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Attendance: 8,796
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