Kansas St. 78, UTEP 70

Angel Rodriguez scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half

and Kansas State used a late rally to beat UTEP 78-70 in the

semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic Friday.

Jamar Samuels had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats

(9-1), who took their biggest lead at 47-32 on Thomas Gipson’s

field goal a minute into the second half.

UTEP (5-6) responded with a 27-10 run to go in front 59-57

midway through the second half. John Bohannon scored all 10 of his

points during the spurt. But the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run to

pull away from a 60-60 tie.

Kansas State, which will play the winner of Friday night’s

Auburn-Long Beach State game for the championship on Sunday, held a

39-21 rebounding advantage, including 18-6 on the offensive

end.

Jacques Streeter scored 15 points to lead five UTEP players in

double figures.