No. 25 K-State struggles to put away UMKC, 52-44

No. 25 K-State struggles to put away UMKC, 52-44
December 29, 2012, 9:19 pm
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Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder, front, moves the ball under pressure from UMKC guard Estan Tyler (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Rodney McGruder scored 17 points, Thomas Gipson had 13 points and six rebounds and No. 25 Kansas State struggled to a 52-44 victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday night.

Playing without guards Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving due to injuries, the Wildcats (10-2) shot just 32 percent from the field and went 2 of 10 from beyond the arc in their first game since beating then-No. 8 Florida on a neutral floor.

They certainly looked nothing like the team that beat the Gators last weekend.

Fred Chatmon had nine points and 16 rebounds for the `Roos (4-9), who were within 40-36 with 3:11 remaining before Nino Williams' three-point play gave the Wildcats some breathing room.

McGruder's soft floater in the lane moments later helped put the game away.