McKinley Wright IV leads CU Buffs past Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. – It wasn’t a happy Thanksgiving at all for the Colorado men’s basketball team. At least the Buffalos were able to ease their sudden frustrations at Kansas State.

The Buffs ended their two-game run in the Little Apple Classic with a 76-58 win against the host Wildcats on Friday night, using a poignant first-half rally and brilliant all-round performance from senior point guard McKinley Wright to get past Kansas storms State.

However, the big story took place out of court.

Head coach Tad Boyle confirmed that senior wing D’Shawn Schwartz did indeed test positive for COVID-19, as CU’s third top scorer of the past two seasons and the team’s top 3-point shooter was sent home Wednesday ahead of the opening night win against South. Dakota. CU’s depth and health concerns took a bigger hit on Thanksgiving, when freshman security guard Keeshawn Barthelemy and real freshman wing Tristan da Silva were quarantined via contact tracking of Schwartz’s positive test.

Under Pac-12 Conference protocols, all three players will be quarantined for at least 14 days, leaving all three on the sidelines for next week’s Pac-12 games in Arizona and at home against Washington State, as well as the home date of December 8. against the state of Colorado.

For the first 11 minutes Friday night, the Buffs played as miserable as they must have felt, with Kansas State using a hot start to jump to a 22-9 lead.

A very unnecessary blatant foul against Kansas State’s Davion Bradford, who shoved Wright’s head while the players got caught deep in the backcourt, changed the color of the game and revitalized the Buffs, who promptly stormed back into the game with a 14 -0 run. Half of those runs were scored by Wright.

Kansas State was still clinging to a 31-30 lead at half-time, but the Buffs scored the first five runs of the second half and were never left the rest of the way with runs of 9-2 and 11-2 to finish the Put away wildcats.

After that glaring mistake in the first half against Kansas State, the gritty Buffs outdid the host Wildcats 67-36 the rest of the way. Wright played the role of senior leader to perfection after his squad was slow early on, finishing with 24 points on a 10-for-16 night shooting from the floor. Wright also posted five assists and five rebounds with just two turnovers in 39 minutes.

Colorado 76, Kansas State 58

COLORADO (2-0)

Battey 1-5 3-4 5, Walton 2-3 3-4 7, Parquet 3-5 1-1 9, Wright 10-16 2-2 24, Daniels 3-10 3-3 10, Horne 3-5 2 -2 9, Walker 3-5 3-3 9, O’Brien 1-2 1-2 3. Total 26-53 18-21 76.

KANSAS ST. (0-2)

Ezeagu 4-5 0-3 8, A. Gordon 3-5 0-0 8, D. Gordon 2-7 0-0 4, McGuirl 3-11 0-0 8, Pack 4-8 ​​0-0 12 , Miguel 1-3 3-4 6, Murphy 1-2 3-4 5, Williams 2-4 0-0 5, Bradford 1-2 0-0 2. Total 21-47 6-11 58.

Halftime – Kansas St. 31-30. 3-point goals – Colorado 6-21 (Parquet 2-3, Wright 2-5, Horne 1-2, Daniels 1-7, Battey 0-1, O’Brien 0-1, Walton 0-1), Kansas St 10-26 (Pack 4-6, A. Gordon 2-4, McGuirl 2-6, Williams 1-2, Miguel 1-3, Murphy 0-1, D. Gordon 0-4). Rebounds – Colorado 24 (Horne 6), Kansas St. 23 (D. Gordon 7). Assists – Colorado 13 (Wright 5), Kansas St. 14 (McGuirl 5). Total Errors – Colorado 13, Kansas St. 21.

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