MANHATTAN, Kan. — McKinley Wright IV had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists to help Colorado beat Kansas State 76-58 in the final game of the Little Apple Classic on Friday night.
Kansas State started a season 0-2 with both games at home for the first time since 1962-63 and the first time overall since 2002-03. Colorado started a season 2-0 with both games on the road for the first time since 1960-61.
Maddox Daniels added 10 points for the Buffaloes, who pulled away in the second half with a 13-4 run, capped at 62-48 on Eli Parquet’s three-point play with 7:46 left.
Colorado never trailed after Parquet opened the scoring in the second half with a 3-pointer that gave the Buffaloes a 34-32 lead.
The Wildcats opened with a 22-9 lead. The Buffaloes answered with 14 straight points.
Nijel Pack was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points to lead Kansas State.
The former Big 12 opponents met for the 144th time and the first time in nearly 10 years. Colorado beat Kansas State 87-75 in the conference tournament quarterfinals on March 10, 2011.