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Kansas State Topples No. 23 Alabama

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City, MO - Jordan Henriquez paced Kansas State with 17 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats took down No. 23 Alabama, 71-58, at the Sprint Center.

Jamar Samuels added 14 points and Angel Rodriguez contributed 13 with seven assists for Kansas State (7-1), which has won two straight.

JaMychal Green notched game-highs of 20 points and nine rebounds for the Crimson Tide (8-3), losers in three of their last four games. Trevor Releford and Tony Mitchell added 14 and 10 points, respectively, in a losing effort.

“I thought Kansas State came out tonight in the second half and did a great job of attacking our pressure,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. “They did a great job tonight.”

Alabama controlled the early action and held a 15-8 lead with a little over nine minutes left in the first half, but Kansas State scored 12 of the next 16 points to go ahead, 20-19, on Henriquez’s layup with 2:39 left before the half.

The Crimson Tide quickly took the lead back on a Trevor Lacey three-pointer, but the Wildcats ended the half on 6-2 run to take a 26-24 lead at the break.

The second half was not nearly as competitive, as Alabama made 42 percent of its shots but made just 1-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc, while Kansas State shot 63 percent from the floor, including a 2-for-3 mark from three- point range.

“Every time you play good defense it helps you on the offensive side,” said Rodriguez.

After a Green three-point play put the Crimson Tide ahead, 35-34, 5:49 into the second half, the Wildcats reeled off a 13-2 run to take a 47-37 lead with 10:55 left in the game.

Alabama would not get any closer than eight for the rest of the regulation as Kansas State led by as much as 16 on two separate occasions down the final stretch.

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