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Dean Wade returns from injury, gives K-State an instant boost against Iowa State

Dean Wade caught a pass at the free-throw line, took one dribble on his way to the rim and then soared into the air for a two-handed dunk.

You had to be at Hilton Coliseum early Saturday morning to see that particular play, as it happened in warm-ups about an hour before opening tip of Kansas State’s 58-57 victory over Iowa State. But it had a big impact on what transpired once the game began.

It showed Wade was back.

The senior K-State forward had been out four weeks and missed six games because of a torn tendon in his right foot, an injury that threatened to derail his final year of college basketball after he was chosen Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year.