Nowell leads K-State past Wichita St on the rivalry renewal



Wichita State coach Isaac Brown yells instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State on Sunday, December 5, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas. (Travis Heying / The Wichita Eagle via AP)


Markquis Nowell scored seven of his 16 points in the final 1:35, and Kansas State took advantage of a late climb to beat Wichita State at 65:59 on Sunday to renew a rivalry in the state.

Shortly after Ricky Council IV knocked down a 3-pointer to play the game at 2:02 at 52, Nowell responded with a deep 3. After a Shockers miss, Nowell made two free throws one minute from time.

Wichita State then lost the ball and Selton Miguel found Mark Smith for a breakaway dunk after 48 seconds. The Wildcats added a Miguel free throw after Kaosi Ezeagu drew an offensive foul for 62:54 39 seconds from time.

The Shockers got two quick baskets from Tyson Etienne and then the Wildcats missed two free throws before Etienne missed a shot, taking two Nowells two free throws and a 64-58 lead with 14 seconds of play.

Ezeagu added 14 points for the Wildcats (5-2), Miguel had 12 and Mike McGuirl had 10. Nowell had eight rebounds and four assists.

Morris Udeze scored 19 points for Wichita State (5-2) and Etienne had 11 in a tough night of shooting when he was 4 out of 20, 1 out of 11 out of 3-point range.

The game was the first between national rivals since 2003 in a series that dates to 1932. K-State leads 21-11. They are scheduled to play for the next three years, one each on their respective campuses and one in Kansas City.

The game was played at the INTRUST Bank Arena in downtown Wichita, where the Shockers face 8-3 in their annual off-campus game. It was the fifth game there for the Wildcats and they are 3-2.

Wichita State opened a 20-8 lead, but two 3-pointers and five Ezeagu points in an 11-0 run racked up the Wildcats, who were leading 32-30 at halftime.

Kansas State faces Marquette in the Big East / Big 12 Battle on Wednesday.

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