Hot-shooting Kansas State cruises past Alabama State 86-41

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Kansas State’s Xavier Sneed (20) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama State Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Xavier Sneed scored 20 points, Antonio and Dajuan Gordon had 13 apiece and Cartier Diarra dished out a career-high 10 assists as Kansas State defeated Alabama State 86-41 on Wednesday night.

It was the most assists in a game by a Wildcat since Marcus Foster in 2014.

The Hornets were led in scoring by

Tobi Ewuosho and Kevin Holston scored nine points each for Alabama State (1-8), which lost its seventh game by double figures this season.

The Wildcats (6-3) had no trouble from opening tip and led 23-5 after just seven minutes.

Sneed shot 80% from the field and scored 12 of his 16 points off four 3s early in the game as the Wildcats hit 10 3-pointers in the first half.

The Wildcats shot 63% from the field, made 12 3s and had 29 assists. All nine players that stepped on the floor for Kansas State scored in the first half.

Alabama State struggled throughout, shooting 28% and turning the ball over 16 times.

The Wildcats used their size advantage to outscore the Hornets 42-14 in the paint and had 37-25 rebound advantage.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama State: The Hornets didn’t give themselves any chance after such a miserable start.

Kanas State: The Wildcats couldn’t miss in the first half, which could provide for good momentum going into their next game and beyond.

UP NEXT

Alabama State travels to Boise State on Saturday.

Kansas State takes on Mississippi State in New Jersey on Saturday.

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