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Wildcats overcome sluggish first half to beat NDSU

Kansas State overcame cold outside shooting and sluggish perimeter defense in the first half to overcome the North Dakota State Bison, 67-54, in the regular season opener for both teams in Manhattan Tuesday night.

The first half was especially ugly. The Wildcats made only 1 of 12 attempts from three-point range, and that lone bucket came from the unlikely shooting touch of senior power forward Makol Mawein. Meanwhile, NDSU post player Rocky Kreuser and point guard Vinnie Shahid combined to make 5 of 11 attempts from long range. K-State was fortunate that the visitors connected on only 2 shots inside the arc and 7-25 overall, while K-State shot 10-30.