Strong first half propels K-State past Wilberforce

Special to The State Journal Published:

A strong first half gave the Kentucky State men’s basketball team a double-digit lead, and the Thorobreds rode that momentum to a 63-47 win over Wilberforce Tuesday night at the Exum Center.

KSU (2-3) shot 48 percent in the first half while building a 39-28 halftime lead.

The Thorobreds cooled off to 26 percent shooting in the second half, but Wilberforce shot in the 20 percent range in both halves and couldn’t gain any ground in the final 20 minutes.

Troy Adams, shooting 6-for-12 from the field, finished with 17 points to lead KSU. Adams was 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and 3-for-5 from the line.

Teammate Patrick Dawson was 4-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points. He also had a game-high five assists.

Also scoring for the Thorobreds were Quentin Henderson with nine points, John Gaston and Ulysses Thomass III with seven points each, Tryston Ford with six points, and Markus Montague with five.

Brandon Darrett had nine rebounds to lead KSU, and Fred Jones Jr. had three blocked shots.

Darius Foster scored 36 of Wilberforce’s 47 points. He was 11-for-26 from the field, including 7-for-17 from the 3-point line, and he went 7-for-8 at the line.

Wilberforce (4-8) had just three other players score – Keenan Smith with six points, Kyree Marshall with three, and Christian Oliver with two points.

Kentucky State plays its next game Thursday at Kentucky Wesleyan.

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