WASHINGTON — In pure nail-biting fashion, the Kansas State Wildcats outlasted the George Washington Colonials 65-62 on Saturday afternoon at Charles E. Smith Center.
George Washington (4-5, 1-3 home) led for most of the first half, but Kansas State kept nipping at the Colonials’ heels. The Colonials led 29-27 at halftime.
Kansas State (7-1, 1-0 away) opened up the second half with a 17-8 run. A three-pointer by junior guard Will Spradling gave the Cats a 36-35 lead with 15:48 to play, and K-State led 44-37 with 13:10 remaining.
The Colonials answered with a 13-4 run, and took a 50-48 lead with 9:03 to play. It was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way. A clutch layup by sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez put the Cats up 63-60 with 1:03 to play. The Colonials missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
K-State outrebounded George Washington 42-33, and shot 41.5% from the field. The defense limited the Colonials to 35.7% shooting from the field.
K-State senior guard Rodney McGruder, a Washington native, delivered a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Rodriguez finished with 17 points and five assists.
Colonials junior forward Isaiah Armwood also had a double-double, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.
K-State hits the road for a showdown with the 10th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in the State Farm Battle in Seattle next Saturday at KeyArena.