The 25th-ranked Kansas St. Wildcats defeated the South Dakota Coyotes, 70-50, on Monday afternoon in the final match-up of 2012 for each team. Despite a performance filled with turnovers and fouls, the Wildcats rode a strong defensive effort and solid rebounding to a relatively easy victory.
While the Wildcats struggled badly with turnovers, losing possession on 17 different occasions, they also dominated the boards and shot significantly better than the Coyotes. Not a single South Dakota player shot better than 50 percent from the field, making it rather difficult for the Coyotes to keep up with a nationally-ranked squad.
Nino Williams led all scorers with 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting, plus Rodney McGruder added 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Shane Southwell had an up-and-down game for the Wildcats, scoring 12 points and dishing six assists but committing five turnovers.
The Wildcats improve to 11-2 overall with the win, with those two defeats coming against then-No.14 Gonzaga and then-No. 4 Michigan. K-State begins Big 12 play on Jan. 5 with a home match-up against No. 22 Oklahoma State.