December 22, 2006

Second half pushes Wildcats past USC

LAS VEGAS - Bill Walker and Kansas State had no success shooting the ball from the field in the first half in Friday night's game against USC, connecting on just 22.6 percent of their first-half field goal attempts.

Their luck would change in the second half.

Walker and the Wildcats got going from the free-throw line and found a rhythm after the break, cruising to a 68-55 win in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

Walker was just two of 12 from the field at the end of the opening 20 minutes of play, but he scored nine unanswered points, including seven from the charity stripe, in the first six minutes of the second half to spark a 20-3 K-State run.

The spurt gave the Wildcats, who trailed 28-23 at the break, a 44-33 lead with just more than 11 minutes left to play. K-State (9-3) would never look back, and the Trojans (9-3) never found an answer.

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