Nowell leads K-State past Wichita St in rivalry renewal

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Markquis Nowell scored seven of his 16 points in the final 1:35 and Kansas State used a late surge to defeat Wichita State 65-59 on Sunday in the renewal of an in-state rivalry.

Just after Ricky Council IV knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 52 with 2:02 to play, Nowell answered with a deep 3. Following a Shockers miss, Nowell made two free throws with a minute to go.

Wichita State then lost the ball and Selton Miguel found Mark Smith for a breakaway dunk at 48 seconds. The Wildcats added a Miguel free throw after Kaosi Ezeagu drew an offensive foul for a 62-54 lead with 39 seconds to go.

The Shockers got two quick baskets from Tyson Etienne and then the Wildcats missed two free throws before Etienne missed a shot, leading two Nowell's two free throws and a 64-58 lead with 14 seconds to play.

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

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

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

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

Wichita State opened a 20-8 lead but two 3-pointers and five Ezeagu points in an 11-0 run rallied the Wildcats, who led 32-30 at the half.

Kansas State is home against Marquette in the Big East/Big 12 Battle on Wednesday.

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