Kansas St. wins Diamond Head over Long Beach 77-60

The Associated Press
Kansas St. wins Diamond Head over Long Beach 77-60
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Kansas State guard Will Spradling (55) has his shot blocked from behind by Long Beach State forward James Ennis (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

HONOLULU (AP) Rodney McGruder scored a career-best 28 points and Kansas State used a big first-half run to beat Long Beach State 77-60 on Sunday and win the Diamond Head Classic.

McGruder finished 10 of 11 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. He also went 6 of 7 from the line.

Will Spradling added 17 points for the Wildcats (10-1).

Larry Anderson and Casper Ware each scored 17 points for the 49ers (7-6).

The Wildcats went on a 29-13 run for a 38-22 lead with 2:27 left in the first half. McGruder had eight points, including two 3-pointers, during the surge.

In the first half, the Wildcats shot 17 of 33, forced 10 turnovers and outscored the 49ers 22-10 in the paint.

Spradling's 3-pointer gave Kansas State its biggest lead at 49-31 with 15:43 remaining. Long Beach State got as close as 62-52 with 6:41 to play.