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K-State blows it open with 71-43 win over Albany

December 2, 2021 GMT
Kansas State's Ismael Massoud, right, looks to pass under pressure from Albany's Jamel Horton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas State's Ismael Massoud, right, looks to pass under pressure from Albany's Jamel Horton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas State's Ismael Massoud, right, looks to pass under pressure from Albany's Jamel Horton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Kansas State's Ismael Massoud, right, looks to pass under pressure from Albany's Jamel Horton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Kansas State's Ismael Massoud, right, looks to pass under pressure from Albany's Jamel Horton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nijel Pack scored 17 points and Mark Smith scored 14 with 10 rebounds and Kansas State opened it up in the second half and beat Albany 71-43 on Wednesday night.

Smith’s dunk with 14:52 remaining made it a 42-24 contest in favor of Kansas State (4-2), which emerged from the break with a 13-4 scoring outburst to take control.

Davion Bradford’s dunk gave Kansas State its first 20-point lead (47-27) and it pushed the margin as high as 66-38 with 4:18 left on a pair of foul shots from Smith.

Trey Hutcheson’s layup with 6:35 left before intermission brought the Great Danes (1-6) into a tie at 17. But Markquis Nowell countered with a 3-pointer, Ismael Massoud a jumper, Kaosi Ezeagu made a layup and threw down a dunk and Pack made a layup in an 11-0 run and the Wildcats went to the break up 29-20.

Selton Miguel scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kansas State off the bench.

Devondre Perry scored 11 points for Albany (1-6).

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