Men's Basketball Scoreboard (Dec. 31)

Men's Basketball Scoreboard (Dec. 31)

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Omaha 77, Kansas City 65
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - C.J. Carter scored 26 points and Justin Simmons scored 20 Monday night to lead Omaha to a 77-65 victory over Kansas City.

Carter was 10 of 12 from the field as the Mavericks roared to a 43-21 halftime lead. Simmons connected on 5 of 9 from 3-point range for Omaha (4-12, 1-3 Summit).

Alex Welhouse contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks.

Thomas Staton scored a career-high 23 points for the Kangaroos (4-10, 1-2), with 21 coming in the second half. Estan Tyler had 12 points and Nelson Kirksey scored 10 for Kansas City, which has lost eight straight Summit League games on the road dating to Dec. 1, 2011.

No. 25 Kansas State 70, South Dakota 50
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - No. 25 Kansas State posted a 70-50 victory over South Dakota on Monday afternoon.

Nino Williams led the team with 16 points and also snagged seven rebounds. Rodney McGruder added 15 for the Wildcats. Karim Rowson led the Coyotes with 14 points, six of which came from free throws.

The Wildcats (11-2) dominated the boards and shot 50 percent from the floor, nearly 20 percent better their opponents, who managed 32.7 percent.

Kansas State entered halftime with a 12-point lead, but South Dakota (6-9) cut that advantage in half before the Wildcats pulled away late.

The Coyotes started the second half with an 11-5 run. They trailed 37-29 when Trevor Gruis went to the free throw line with 15:13 to play and a chance to cut Kansas State's lead to just six points. He made both.

The teams traded baskets as the half continued, and South Dakota stayed close. With fewer than eight minutes to play, the Wildcats led 44-39.

"We screened better," South Dakota coach Dave Boots said. "We didn't have very good movement the first half with our four and five and got that going a little bit better the second half. We got better ball reversal off that and opened up the floor a little bit."

The tide turned, however, when Jordan Henriquez converted a three-point play, beginning a 10-0 run for the Wildcats.

Williams was intentionally fouled on a breakaway layup and sank both free throws. On the Wildcats' ensuing possession Shane Southwell drained a 3-pointer. The next time down the floor, Southwell got a bucket in the lane, and the next he scored from the baseline, and Kansas State led 56-39 with 5:23 to play.

The Coyotes could not muster another comeback, however.

Kansas State created distance early and largely maintained it throughout the first half after jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the first five minutes. The Coyotes pulled within 15-8 minutes later when Brandon Bos converted a traditional three-point play and then sank a 3-pointer.