Strong second-half effort pushes KSU past upset-minded UMKC

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Gipson had 21 points and nine rebounds to help Kansas State beat Missouri-Kansas City 83-73 in the opening mainland round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Marcus Foster made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points as Kansas State (2-0) made 8 of 13 shots from behind the arc. Justin Edwards had 15, and Nigel Johnson added 12 for the Wildcats.

Martez Harrison had 21 points and Broderick Newbill had 11 to pace UMKC (1-1).

Trailing 45-39 early in the second half, Kansas State made three consecutive 3-pointers to take a 48-46 lead, which was its first since 2-1 in the opening minute.

UMKC’s biggest first half lead, 26-15, came off of a Newbill 3-pointer with 9:48 left before the break, but Kansas State answered with an 11-4 run. UMKC led 40-36 at the break.

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