Bolden, Edwards shine in final overseas victory

By The Mercury

Kansas State’s Brandon Bolden and Justin Edwards each scored in double figures to help Athletes in Action wrap up its international tour with a 108-99 win over the Barons, a Latvian professional team, on Wednesday at Olimpic Center in Riga, Latvia.

After trailing 25-24 after the first quarter, Athletes in Action was able to slowly build a lead against the Barons, narrowly winning the second quarter, 26-24, to take a 50-49 edge into the locker room at half, before winning both the third (29-22) and fourth quarters (29-28) to gain the victory.

Edwards, who was coming off a tour-high 23-point effort in a win over Latvia University on Tuesday, once again led six players in double figures with a game-high 18 points to go with six rebounds, a team-tying three steals and one assist. He was 8 of 13 from the field, including a 3-pointer.

Bolden had his best performance of the trip against the Barons, scoring in double figures for the first time with 13 points on 5 of 7 field goals to go with a 3-of-4 effort from the free-throw line. He also added six rebounds and an assist.

Baylor’s Royce O’Neale registered his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Wichita State’s Darius Carter added 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

Kansas’ Landen Lucas grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. UNLV’s Kendall Smith (13) and Davidson’s Brian Sullivan (11) also scored in double digits.

The team finished its seven-day tour of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia with a 3-1 record, which included wins over Klaipeda Nafta (80-76), Latvia University (99-93) and the Barons to go with a buzz-beater loss to the National Team of Qatar (67-66).

During the tour, Edwards averaged a team-best 17.5 points on 52 percent shooting (26 of 50), including 60 percent (12 of 21) from 3-point range, to go with 5.5 rebounds per game.

Bolden averaged 7.3 points on a team-high 78.6 percent shooting (11 of 14) and three rebounds per game.

The Wildcat duo were set to return to the United States Thursday. They will go home before returning to Manhattan at the end of month for the start of school.

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