By: Jenn Bates
KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports
12:08 AM CST, February 17, 2013
As Shane Southwell walked into the post-game conference room he turned to the woman behind him and said, ‘Mom, welcome to my world.’ His mother had just watched her son light up the scoreboard with 18 points against Baylor in a dominating 81-61 victory and this was the first time she would watch him speak in post-game. As Shane walked up to the podium his mother turned and asked me, ‘It’s ok if I take pictures right?’ I smiled and said, ‘absolutely.’
Southwell was just a piece of one of the most balanced and dominating Kansas State efforts all season. Southwell was one of four Wildcats who would finish in double digits scoring. Two of those players also finished with double-doubles; Jordan Henriquez had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Angel Rodriguez finished as the leading scorer with 22 points and 10 assists.
At the start of the game Kansas State couldn’t seem to compete with Baylor’s big men. Rico Gathers threw down a couple of huge dunks and early on it seemed the ‘Cats would have to rely on their backcourt to help them win the game. However, J.O. started to figure out the Bears’ attack, started staying back in coverage, and soon the Bears couldn’t get anything past him. Henriquez would finish the game with three blocks.
Kansas State held a lead at the half and scored the first five points of the second half to really take control. However a couple of bad possessions coupled with back to back threes by Brady Haslip got the game back within two points.
Baylor was never able to take the lead because they started to turn the ball over quite a bit themselves. The Bears gave the ball away 19 times compared to Kansas State’s 6 turnovers. The Wildcats scored 22 points off turnovers and would finish the game outscoring Baylor 34-20 in the paint.
Kansas State also controlled the boards, outrebounding Baylor 16-8 on the offensive boards; those offensive rebounds led to 15 second chance points for the ‘Cats.
After the game, Baylor head coach Scott Drew called Angel Rodriguez’s performance ‘phenomenal’ and said Angel is an All-American candidate. However, after the game the lights were shining brightest in Southwell’s eyes. His mother had the flash turned on on her small digital camera she had dug out of her purple leather purse. She was beaming watching her son answer questions about his outstanding game. And as Bruce Weber left the conference he stopped and said to her, ‘Glad you could make it.’ She responded, ‘I’ll be here Monday, too.’ I think that means we should look out for Shane Southwell against the Mountaineers on Big Monday.
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