Aug. 13, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Brandon Bolden
and Justin Edwards
each scored in double figures in helping Athletes in Action wrap up its international tour with a 108-99 win over the Barons, a Latvian professional team, on Wednesday at Olimpic Center in Riga, Latvia.
After trailing 25-24 after the first quarter, Athletes in Action was able to slowly build a lead against the Barons, narrowly winning the second quarter, 26-24, to take a 50-49 edge into the locker room at halftime, before winning both the third (29-22) and fourth quarters (29-28) to gain the victory.
Edwards, who was coming off a tour-high 23-point effort in a win over Latvia University on Tuesday, once again led six players in double figures with a game-high 18 points to go with six rebounds, a team-tying three steals and one assist. He went 8-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-1 from 3-point range.
Bolden had his best performance of the trip against the Barons, scoring in double figures for the first time with 13 points on 5-of-7 field goals to go with a 3-of-4 effort from the free throw line. He also added six rebounds and an assist.
Baylor's Royce O'Neale registered his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Wichita State's Darius Carter added 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Kansas' Landen Lucas grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. UNLV's Kendall Smith (13) and Davidson's Brian Sullivan (11) also scored in double digits.
The team finished its seven-day tour of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia with a 3-1 record, which included wins over Klaipeda Nafta (80-76), Latvia University (99-93) and the Barons to go with a buzz-beater loss to the National Team of Qatar (67-66). All the games utilized FIBA rules, which included four, 10-minute quarters, a 24-second shot clock and a slightly longer 3-point arc.
During the tour, Edwards averaged a team-best 17.5 points on 52 percent shooting (26-of-50), including 60 percent (12-of-21) from 3-point range, to go with 5.5 rebounds per game. Bolden averaged 7.3 points on a team-high 78.6 percent shooting (11-of-14) and 3.0 rebounds per game.
The trip was the first major experience for Edwards and Bolden after sitting out the 2013-14 season. A 6-foot-4 junior guard from Whitby, Ontario, Edwards played two seasons at Maine before transferring to K-State last summer. He averaged an America East-best 16.7 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13. A 6-foot-11 sophomore forward from Sumter, South Carolina, Bolden played in four games in Georgetown as a true freshman in 2012-13.
The Wildcat duo return to the U.S. mainland on Thursday, as they leave Riga for a flight to first, Frankfurt, Germany then on to Denver. They will return home before returning to Manhattan at the end of month for the start of school.