Butler hands K-State 1st loss behind Bates’s double-double

Nov 30, 2022, 3:47 AM | Updated: 5:53 pm
Butler center Manny Bates (15) shoots over Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) in the first ha...

Butler center Manny Bates (15) shoots over Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

              Kansas State head coach Jerome Tang watches his team play against Butler in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Jayden Taylor (13) drives on Kansas State guard Tykei Greene (4) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Jayden Taylor (13) drives on Kansas State forward Ismael Massoud (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Eric Hunter Jr. (2) drives under Kansas State forward Nae'Qwan Tomlin (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Pierce Thomas (14) is fouled as he gets a dunk over Kansas State forward Nae'Qwan Tomlin (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Jayden Taylor (13) shoots under Kansas State forward Nae'Qwan Tomlin (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Chuck Harris (3) shoots over Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler guard Pierce Thomas (14) is fouled by Kansas State forward Keyontae Johnson (11) as they go for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler center Manny Bates (15) shoots over Kansas State forward Ismael Massoud (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
            
              Butler center Manny Bates (15) shoots over Kansas State forward David N'Guessan (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Manny Bates had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Butler handed Kansas State its first loss, 76-64, on Wednesday night in the Big East-Big 12 Battle.

Butler used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to build a 25-12 lead and the Bulldogs led 37-25 at the break. Chuck Harris sank an open 3-pointer in the corner during Butler’s 13-0 run and Bates added a fast-break dunk as Butler took a 20-point lead at 65-45.

Desi Sills, who was scoreless in the first half, brought Kansas State back within 68-60 with 4:08 remaining after he scored 13 points, including nine straight, during a 15-3 run. But Bates ended the run to put Butler ahead by double digits for good.

Harris finished with 15 points, Eric Hunter Jr. had 13, Jayden Taylor 12 and Simas Lukosius 11 for Butler (5-3). Bates made his first eight shots before missing a short jumper in the lane with 7:18 remaining in the game.

Keyontae Johnson, two years after the scary incident in Florida where he collapsed mid-game, had 20 points, on 9-of-9 shooting, and 12 rebounds for Kansas State (6-1). Sills finished with 17 points and Markquis Nowell had 13. The Wildcats return home to face Wichita State on Saturday.

Johnson scored 14 of Kansas State’s 25 first-half points

It was just the second meeting between the schools, with the first coming in a 2010 Elite Eight battle. Butler closed on a 9-2 run over the final 3:09 to advance to its first Final Four in team history behind a game-high 22 points from Gordon Hayward.

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