Cats lose to Charlotte, 68-61

By Joel Jellison

Poor shooting plagued Kansas State again.

Shooting 18 percent from 3 and 36 percent from the field, the Wildcats lost to Charlotte, 68-61, in the opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off this morning, in San Juan, P.R.

The Wildcats (2-2) will face the loser of Georgetown and Northeastern on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The network was announced by press time.

K-State made just 5 of 27 3-point attempts in the contest, shooting itself out of the game at times and rushing shots early in possessions. Still, the Wildcats managed to make a run at the 49ers’ lead.

K-State chipped into the lead and pulled as close as two points with 5:13 left after a pair of free throws from Will Spradling. But Denzel Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 2:55 left to push the Charlotte lead to six points, and the Wildcats never recovered.

K-State made two of its five 3s in the final minute of the game, as the 49ers were closing out the contest at the free throw line. The Wildcats also shot poorly in their season-opening loss to Northern Colorado, making 33 percent of their shots from the field and 10 percent from 3.

The Wildcats jumped out to an 8-7 lead before Charlotte scored 13 straight to go ahead 20-8. With a 13-2 run and two 3-pointers from freshman Nigel Johnson, K-State cut the 49er lead to 22-21. Spradling made a layup with 8 seconds left to tie the game at 30.

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