No. 9 seed Kansas St. cruises over No. 8 Creighton

No. 9 seed Kansas St. cruises over No. 8 Creighton

No. 9 seed Kansas St. cruises over No. 8 Creighton

Barry Brown scored 18 points, and ninth-seeded Kansas State led wire-to-wire to post a 69-59 victory over No. 8 Creighton on Friday night despite playing without leading scorer Dean Wade.

CU worked out on the floor in an open practice for about 40 minutes following a media session on Thursday afternoon.

At half, it was realized quickly that K-State had done something no other team that played Creighton has done. K-State is now 35-33 all-time in NCAA tournament play, including an 11-5 mark in the first round.

K-State hasn't been in the second round since before Weber took over as coach. While getting back on defense, the Wildcats came up with a blocked shot from Diarra and then pushed the ball into their transition offense, where Stokes found Sneed on a lob for an alley-oop to extend the lead to 25-16 with 4:48 remaining.

Creighton came into the game ranked 10th in scoring in Division I at 84.3 points per game, but the Wildcats (23-11) limited the Bluejays to 59 points, tying their season low. Sophomore forward Xavier Sneed added valuable minutes, including 9 points, while Brown added a team-high 6 rebounds and redshirt freshman guard Cartier Diarra led the team with 3 assists.

For now, K-State will go with a four-game starting lineup without Wade.

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Foster was thrown off the Kansas State team after the 2015 season for multiple violations of team rules, but said earlier this week this game was more about advancing than any type of revenge.

The Wildcats jumped out to 10-2 lead behind Kamau Stokes, who scored the game's first seven points.

First, he beat the shot clock with a deep three-pointer that left Creighton defenders hanging their heads. The Bluejays shot just 34.4 percent in the first half and were led by Mintz with eight points.

Kansas State finished fourth in the Big 12 and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament, losing to Kansas for the third time this season 83-67. McGuirl saved his best performance for the second half, as he scored 12 points during that frame. Twice Creighton went almost four minutes without scoring a bucket. The Retrievers made history as the first No. 16 seed to ever win an NCAA Tournament game.

Creighton wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 9 points from turnovers, compared to Kansas State's 11. Turns out, there was no need for K-State coach Bruce Weber to go there.

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