Cats hang on to beat South Dakota, 64-62

By Joel Jellison

The Kansas State men’s basketball team overcame a first half deficit and poor free-throw shooting down the stretch in a 64-62 win over South Dakota on Tuesday in Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State (6-3) trailed 31-26 at the half, but managed to take the lead less than three minutes into the game. The Wildcats battled with the Coyotes (3-6) for the lead the rest of the way.

The Wildcats took the lead on a Shane Southwell 3-pointer with 4:51 to play, and held on to win despite shooting 2 for 12 from the free-throw line the rest of the game.

Marcus Foster led K-State with 18 points, while Southwell had 17 and Thomas Gipson finished with 13 points.

The Wildcats will be back at home again on Sunday when they host Troy at 5 p.m.

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