Cats’ Edwards scores 23 to lead Athletes in Action to win

By The Mercury

Kansas State Junior guard Justin Edwards continued his torrid scoring on Tuesday, as the junior poured in a game-high 23 in Athletes in Action’s come-from-behind, 99-93 win over Latvia University at Olimpic Center in Riga, Latvia.

The team, which is coming off a loss to the National Team of Qatar on Sunday, trailed for much of the game before rallying in the fourth quarter.

Athletes in Action lost each of the first three quarters and trailed 73-68 heading into the fourth quarter. The squad outscored the Latvians, 31-20, in the final quarter to gain the 99-93 win.

Edwards, who is averaging a team-best 17.3 points per game through three games, led five players in double figures with a team-high 23 points to go with five rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. He was 7 of 14 from the field, including 1 of 3 from behind the arc. Edwards was also 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Baylor’s Royce O’Neale and Kansas’ Landen Lucas each tallied double-doubles, as O’Neale scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds, while Lucas notched a team-high 16 rebounds to go with 11 points.

Wichita State’s Darius Carter and Mercer’s Ike Nwamu also scored in double figures with 15 points each.

K-State sophomore Brandon Bolden added three points — all from the free-throw line — to go with two rebounds and a steal.

The Athletes in Action tour is in the midst of a seven-day tour of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which runs through Thursday, and includes 10 college players.

Through three games, Edwards is averaging a team-best 17.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting (18 of 37), including 55.6 percent (5 of 9) from 3-point range, to go with 5.3 rebounds per game.

Bolden is averaging 5.3 points on 85.7 percent shooting (6 of 7) and two rebounds per game in the first three contests.

The Athletes in Action tour will play its final game on today in Riga, Latvia before returning to the U.S.

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