Kansas State 106, Marshall 88
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Point guard Elliott Hatcher made an early return from a dislocated shoulder and scored 32 points to lead Kansas State to a 106-88 rout of Marshall on Saturday.
Hatcher was expected to miss three to four weeks when he hurt his right, or shooting, shoulder. But Hatcher came back after missing just two weeks and hit 8 of 12 shots and 14 of 16 free throws.
The Wildcats (3-0) led 48-33 at halftime, but Marshall rallied in the second half and drew within 52-40 when John Brannen scored with 17:54 remaining.
But Marshall coach Billy Donovan was hit with a technical for protesting that Brannen was fouled on his shot. Hatcher hit two free throws and Tyrone Davis followed with a basket inside and added a free throw to push Kansas State’s lead back to 57-40.
The Wildcats never were threatened after that.
John Brown scored 26 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the Herd (2-1). Keith Veney, a 6-foot-1 guard, added 25.
Kansas State sophomore forward Mark Young scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. Redshirt freshman Paco May also had a career high with 18 points, and freshman center Shawn Rhodes had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 12 minutes.
Marshall hit only 1 of 15 3-pointers in the first half and finished 4 of 22 from beyond the arc.