K-State attacked the rim in opening season win over Kennesaw State

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Swinging past the Kennesaw State defense, K-State forward Dean Wade scores one of his seven goals during the game on November 9, 2018 in Bramlage Coliseum. Wade helped the team defeat Kennesaw State 56-41. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

As the Kansas State Wildcats defeated the Kennesaw State Owls 56-41, the Wildcats got the majority of their points in the paint.

In the first half the Wildcats scored 31 points, 20 of those points came in the paint.

The Wildcats attacked the basket as they converted 14 layups in the first half, including four dunks.

Some of the layups came as a result of a suffocating defense, as they forced the Owls to commit 21 turnovers in the first half, resulting in 12 fast break points.

That carried the way for the Wildcats as they did not shoot the ball well in the first half, shooting 13-32 in field goals and just one three-pointer on six attempts.

The second half was more of the same. The Wildcats were not able to shoot the ball well, especially from behind the arc.

“We just missed plenty of wide open three-pointers, but in they should come,” head coach Bruce Weber said.

The Wildcats made up for that, however, as they dominated down low. They continued to take the ball to the rim in the second half, scoring 22 of 25 second-half points in the paint, adding four more dunks.

The Wildcats were also boosted by their defense in the second half, as they forced the Owls to commit eight second-half turnovers.

From this performance tonight, the Wildcats have proven they can be a force down low.

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