Monmouth falls at Kansas State

Courtesy of Monmouth Athletics

MANHATTAN, KS –Monmouth University Men’s Basketball (1-2) had a nine-point halftime lead on the road at Big 12-member Kansas State University (3-0), but ultimately fell to the Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum by a 73-54 count Wednesday. Ray Salnave (Elmont, NY/Benjamin N. Cardozo) led all scorers with 20 points, and Mustapha Traore (Philadelphia, PA/The Phelps School) corralled 10 rebounds for the Blue and White.

Monmouth held Kansas State off the board for the first 3:57 of the game and only allowed eight points in the first 10:55, with MU’s defense stifling the hosts for stretches. The Blue and White led for the first 13:44 of the night before the Wildcats took their first lead at 14-13. MU went on an 11-2 run to close the half after the game was knotted at 18, with Salnave ripping off seven points in a row before Samuel Chaput (Longueuil, Quebec/Saint Anthony’s (TX)) used a nifty behind-the-back pass to Traore on the break, the latter finishing just ahead of the halftime horn to send MU to the intermission with a 29-20 advantage. The Hawks limited K-State to 0-for-10 from the three-point line in the first half, 20 total points and just 26.6% shooting overall.

Kansas State immediately cut into the MU lead out of the break, tying the game at 16:46 of the second half on the heels of a 9-0 run. After the Hawks halted the run, the Wildcats used a 28-5 push to take control. Monmouth grinded the deficit down to 13 after Salnave drilled consecutive wing threes just 26 seconds apart, but got no closer as Kansas State won 73-54.

NOTES AND QUOTES

“I thought my kids battled. I was a little worried that we wouldn’t be able to score, because I know how good he is as a defensive coach, and I thought my kids did tremendously well in the first half. And then I think, you know, they’re a high-major club, and I think the banging of the bodies when you’re playing in these games, all of a sudden we start the second half and we miss three or four layups where I was kind of surprised we got those shots starting the half but we got them. When you miss those and then their first one goes in from three after they were 0-10, now that gets their deal going again because they’re not going to miss 10 threes in a half again. We played well, but I knew they were going to come. We made some once it was almost out of reach to try to get it interesting, and then the44y just made the right plays down the stretch and knocked us off.” – Head Coach King Rice

“I’ve known Bruce Weber since I started at Illinois State and he and Kevin Stallings were great friends. I’ve watched him. I watched before he became a head coach adjust to how you do the business. He taught me a lot about recruiting and how to do it every day, to make sure you’re there early so people understand who you are as a coach. Just so many lessons before he even became a head coach.” – Rice on Kansas State Head Coach Bruce Weber

-Ray Salnave scored 20 points for the sixth time in his career.
-The Hawks have now led at halftime in two of three contests this season.
-King Rice has now played three Big 12 opponents and has held a second half lead in two of them while trailing by two in the second half of the third.
-Monmouth limited K-State to 20 first-half points, Monmouth’s best defensive half since January 5, 2019 against Saint Peter’s.
-The Hawks played the first 3:57 of the game without allowing a point.
-Mustapha Traore grabbed double-digit rebounds (10) for the fourth time in his career.
-Jarvis Vaughan grabbed three rebounds for the second time in three games.
-Gob Gabriel scored four points, the most in his three collegiate games to start the year.

NUMBERS CRUNCH
-MU was outshot 46% to 40%.
-Monmouth won the battle of bench points, 33-29.
-The Hawks outshot the Wildcats from three, 33% to 21%.
-Monmouth limited K-State to 20 first-half points and 0-10 from deep.
-K-State put two in double figures, led by Xavier Sneed’s 15 points.

UP NEXT
-Monmouth heads to Lawrence to take on the  #5 University of Kansas Jayhawks at historic Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

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