SEATTLE — After a strong second half surge, the 14th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the Kansas State Wildcats 68-52 in the State Farm Battle on Saturday night at KeyArena.
It was a poor shooting night for the Wildcats, as they finished 33.3% from the field. The Bulldogs at times couldn’t miss, as they shot 47.1% from the field.
Kansas State (7-2, 1-0 away) took a 15-10 lead on a layup by freshman forward D.J. Johnson with 10:31 to play in the first half. Sophomore guard Angel Rodriguez caught fire early, racking up 12 points by halftime, including a trio of three-pointers.
Gonzaga (10-1, 5-1 home) answered with a 15-4 run to take a 25-19 lead on a dunk by junior forward Kelly Olynyk. A pair of three’s helped the Wildcats cut the deficit to 27-26 at the break.
The Bulldogs opened up the second half with a 20-7 run, and led by at least 12 points the rest of the way. Olynyk added a trio of highlight reel dunks in the second half to add some extra polish to a convincing win.
The Wildcats lost the turnover battle 18-14, and were outrebounded 27-23. Both teams had a poor night from beyond the arc. K-State finished 33.3% from three-point range, while Gonzaga was even worse at 25%.
Rodriguez led the Cats with 14 points. Olynyk finished with 20 points to lead the Bulldogs.
K-State returns home on Tuesday night to face Texas Southern at Bramlage Coliseum.