K-State Falls to BYU Despite Late Rally: Coach Emphasizes Resilience and Strategy Shift

By Jayson Henderson

Despite a late rally, K-State fell to BYU 72-66. Arthur Kaluma led with 18 points, 13 in the second half. Cam Carter contributed 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists; Will McNair Jr. grabbed 10 rebounds, adding 7 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks. David N’Guessan scored 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks. K-State closed the gap to one possession with a 16-2 run. BYU’s Jaxson Robinson’s 3-pointer sealed the win. K-State struggled with 3-pointers, making 6-of-23 attempts. Kaluma fueled a second-half surge, scoring 11 of his 13 points in a 7-minute stretch. K-State shot 43.1% from the field, 26.1% from 3-point range, 83.3% from the free-throw line. Outrebounded BYU 42-34, scored 36 points in the paint. Committed 16 turnovers, leading to 14 BYU points. Coach Jerome Tang acknowledged BYU’s strong performance, highlighted resilience, emphasized fighting spirit, noted turnovers for improvement, and focused on paint penetration over 3-pointers. K-State faces TCU on February 17th at 11 a.m. CT.

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