Washington State lost 70-56 to Kansas State in Kansas City, Mo. Junior Derrien King is transferring, WSU coach Ernie Kent announced.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas State slowly, methodically broke down Washington State on Saturday night.
It probably shouldn’t have been a surprise.
The Cougars were already playing without forward Jeff Pollard, who has mono, and guard Viont’e Daniels, who is dealing with the effects of a concussion. Then the news hit earlier in the day Derrien King intends to transfer, leaving coach Ernie Kent’s program even more short-handed on the road.
King, a junior, played in 35 games after joining the Cougars before the 2015-16 season. He plans to complete the fall semester, which ends Friday.
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“Any time a player leaves, it hurts your team,” Kent said after the Wildcats rolled to a 70-56 victory over WSU at the Sprint Center, “and yet you’re in an era of transferring and he made the decision to do that.”
It left Washington State with a mere eight players to match up with a deep, balanced bunch of Wildcats, though, and the Cougars looked tired by the time the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Wesley Iwundu had 15 points and eight rebounds to help Kansas State (9-1) overcome a poor first-half shooting performance to win the Wildcat Classic game.
Washington State (5-5) controlled almost the entire first half, leading by as many as nine…