MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Bruce Weber understands the inconsistency behind his team's offensive attack thus far this season, especially the higher-than-expected turnover numbers that have slowed scoring within his signature motion offense.
But the tide turned in Kansas State's way Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats got a much-needed boost on a season-high 24 assists on 28 baskets en route to a 72-43 win over Troy.
Will Spradling and Marcus Foster each scored 14 points to lead the way. It is the ninth time in 10 games that Foster has reached double figures for the Wildcats (7-3).
"Almost every basket we had an assist," Weber said. "Great job sharing the basketball and moving it. We attacked the zone a little better."
Antoine Myers had 12 points and Wes Hinton added 10 to pace Troy (4-4).
"Their team coming into this game had been struggling offensively," Troy coach Phil Cunningham said. "If you look at their percentages and you watch them on video, they've had some guys who have been struggling but are way overdue. Our team did too, but (Kansas State) came out of it today."
Despite its undersized roster, Kansas State dominated the Trojans on the boards, grabbing 17 rebounds on the offensive end and 44 total.
Kansas State entered the game with the Big 12's best scoring defense at 61.2 points while also holding opponents to 26 percent shooting from 3-point range. Eight of the Wildcats' 10 opponents have scored fewer than 65 points.
The strong defensive effort was in full display as the Wildcats held Troy in single digits for much of the first half.
"We did a pretty good job defensively," Weber said. "We controlled the boards and turned them over. We were pretty active and much better than we were on Tuesday night (against South Dakota)."
The Trojans finished at 36.2 shooting while converting on just 3-19 from 3-point range.
"They're so consistent defensively," Cunningham said. "They really took us out of everything we tried to do in the first half."