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The Colonials were unable to find a defensive plug as the Wildcats stretched the lead back to 13 at the break.

Omari Lawrence and Nino Williams aided the Wildcats’ first-half performance with 13 bench points and Kansas State’s 43 first-half points surpassed its previous season high of 40 against Central Arkansas on Dec. 1.

“We are all playing as a team,” Gipson said. “Once the guards get going, I will be open on the inside. We are working in tandem right now and it is really good.”

The Colonials entered the contest with the nation’s 20th ranked 3-point shooting offense and they were limited to 20 percent (3 for 20) on the afternoon.

Jevon Thomas had six assists in only his second game of the season and Kansas State’s season-high 20 assists were its highest since facing Baylor at home on Jan. 20, 2012.

Five quick points courtesy of Marcus Foster stretched the Wildcats (10-3) lead to 18 less than two minutes into the second half and it never fell under 15 the rest of the way.

Kansas State’s 16 fouls muddied the second half, but the Colonials were only able to convert 10 of 21 from the free throw line.

The recent addition of Thomas gives the Wildcats four freshman that play regularly, but it doesn’t take away from the quality of depth in the mind of Gipson.

“It has been really good because it provides a lot of depth for our team,” Gipson said. “The teams that we have faced do not have a lot of depth and once one of us gets tired, we get subbed out. We do not skip a beat when someone comes in and that is going to be really important once Big 12 play starts (on Saturday).”