Cleaning the Glass: Kansas State

Dec. 3, 2017

By Zac Ellis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt again found itself in a winnable game against a tough nonconference foe on Sunday. And once again, the Commodores couldn't make enough plays in the end.

Vanderbilt erased a 16-point Kansas State lead late in the second half on Sunday, but the Wildcats used some key free throws to hold on for a 84-79 at Memorial Gym.

Let's clean the glass from Vanderbilt's  loss:

THE SKINNY: Vanderbilt struggled early to match Kansas State’s efficiency on offense. The Wildcats used a 6-0 run midway through the first half to take a 24-16 lead, as the Commodores endured a 2:21 stretch without scoring. Kansas State shot 61.5 percent and led by as many as 16 in the first half and ventured into the break leading 43-30. The Dores were able to tie that game late in the second half, but Kansas State answered nearly every Vanderbilt bucket to hold on in the end.

TURNING POINT: Matthew Fisher-Davis was held scoreless until 3:30 in the second half, when he drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game, 71-71, after Vanderbilt had trailed by double-digits. But a few untimely fouls and turnovers kept the Wildcats alive at the free-throw line late. Thus, the Dores were never able to take the lead.

IMPACT PLAYER: Vanderbilt's Jeff Roberson. The senior entered Sunday as the SEC leader in double-doubles (four), and he added to that tally with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds against K-State.

STARTLING STAT: 92 -- Kansas State's free-throw percentage. The Wildcats were efficient from the charity stripe in the late moments of Sunday's game, hitting 14-16 free throws in the second half and 22-24 for the game. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, converted just 23 of 33 (70 percent) from the line.

WHAT IT MEANS: Kansas State moves to 7-1 on the year, while Vanderbilt drops to 3-5 following the second contest of a three-game homestand.

WHAT’S NEXT: Vanderbilt hosts Middle Tennessee state at Memorial Gym on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT on SEC Network+.

Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.


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