January 29, 2023

N’Guessan’s 23 points help K-State beat Abilene Christian

Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson (11) dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Abilene Christian Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 81-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — David N’Guessan scored 23 points to lead Kansas State to an 81-64 victory over Abilene Christian on Tuesday night.
N’Guessan made all nine of his field goals but was 4 of 11 from the line. Markquis Nowell added 15 points and matched a season high with 12 assists for Kansas State (8-1), which shot 31 of 53 (58.5%) from the field but was just 3 of 12 from distance and 16 of 29 (55%) from the line. Keyontae Johnson and Nae’Qwan Tomlin added 12 points apiece.
Nowell underhanded a pass off the backboard and a trailing Johnson slammed it home to cap a 27-15 run to open the second half as K-State built a 62-49 lead. Abilene Christian pulled within 11 points with 2:20 remaining but didn’t get closer.
Tobias Cameron scored 14 points and Immanuel Allen added 11 for Abilene Christian (5-4).
ACU jumped out to a 14-point lead midway through the first half before Kansas State closed on a 21-6 run for a 35-34 edge at the break.
Kansas State concludes a three-game homestand on Sunday against Incarnate Word before a matchup with Nebraska on Dec. 17 at the Wildcat Classic in Kansas City, Mo.