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Wildcats Buck Up
Kansas States 11-0 run looms large in win over UTEP
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Kansas State guard Martavious Irving, left, wrestles for control of the basketball with UTEP forward Cedrick Lang (31) in the second half of an NCAA basketball game on Friday in Honolulu. - photo by The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Guard Angel Rodriguez scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and Kansas State used a late rally to beat UTEP 78-70 in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic Friday.
Jamar Samuels had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (9-1), who took their biggest lead at 47-32 on Thomas Gipson’s field goal a minute into the second half.
UTEP (5-6) responded with a 27-10 run to go in front 59-57 midway through the second half. John Bohannon scored all 10 of his points during the spurt.
But the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to pull away from a 60-60 deadlock. Martavious Irving and Rodriguez nailed 3-pointers during the rush, which was capped by Jordan Henriquez’s slam off a lob from Rodgriguez, one of his four assists.
Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels added 10 points, including 8 for 11 from the free-throw line, and 12 rebounds. Guard Will Spradling put in 11 points.
Kansas State, which will play the winner of Friday night’s Auburn-Long Beach State game for the championship on Christmas Night, held a 39-21 rebounding advantage, including 18-6 on the offensive end.
Jacques Streeter scored 15 points to lead five UTEP players in double figures.