MANHATTAN (AP) — Wesley Iwundu scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, and Kansas State used a dominant second half to top Saint Louis 75-47 and complete nonconference play with a 10-2 record.
Kamau Stokes finished with 11 points and Justin Edwards 10 to go along with 6 rebounds. Seven players finished with 7 points or more.
The Wildcats have now reached 10 wins in non-conference play for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons and the first since the 2013-14 season.
The Wildcats entered conference play 7-6 last season after losing to Texas Southern and Georgia at home in December. Kansas State’s new-look roster nearly knocked off North Carolina and Texas A&M in the process.
The first half was marred by sloppy play as the two teams combined for 19 fouls and 17 turnovers. The final 20 minutes were dominated by Kansas State as Saint Louis, 5-7, shot just 25 percent from the field in the second half, including 2 of 14 from beyond the arc.
An Edwards 3-pointer with 7:20 left in the opening period gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game after opening 7 of 17 from the field. Stephen Hurt converted a 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining as Kansas State closed the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 35-28 halftime lead.
An 8-2 run to begin the second half gave Kansas State its first double-digit lead of the game. The lead stretched on back-to-back buckets coming out of a timeout with 7:28 remaining in the game. Saint Louis managed just five points in the next four minutes as the Wildcats broke out to a 21-point advantage.
The Billikens were led by Milik Yarbrough with 12 points and Ash Yacoubou with 10 points.
Kansas State: Tuesday’s win was the 50th for Wildcats coach Bruce Weber at Bramlage Coliseum. He is 50-7 all-time at Kansas State when playing at home. .The Wildcats have used the same lineup in all 12 games leading up to conference play.
Saint Louis: Return four starters from a team that posted an 11-21 record last season. . Entering Tuesday, the Billkens led the series 9-8 over Kansas State. . Saint Louis opened the season 4-0 and has since lost seven of its last eight games.
Kansas State: Home against West Virginia on Saturday.