MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) – Nijel Pack and DaJuan Gordon scored 14 points each as Kansas State battled past Missouri-Kansas City 62-58, picking up the Wildcats’ first win.
Pack, a freshman, scored the game’s first basket and his first 3-pointer put K-State ahead 12-0 as part of a 17-0 opening run.
The Wildcats led 33-23 at the half, taking advantage of UMKC’s cold start – 0-for-8 with four turnovers.
Kaosi Ezeagu added 11 points and blocked three shots. Brandon McKissic scored 24 points to lift UMKC back into it, hitting 10 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers. He scored 15 after halftime.