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Tournament MVP Rodney McGruder scored 28 points on 10-for-11 shooting to lead Kansas State to a 77-60 win over Long Beach State for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic title.

K-State (10-1) shot 50 percent to LBSU’s 36.8 percent and was never seriously threatened in the ESPN2-televised DHC championship after pulling ahead from a 9-all tie.

About 1,500 people hung around for the Christmas Day title game, including about 200 Wildcats fans.

LBSU (7-6) was led by guards Larry Anderson and Casper Ware, who scored 17 points apiece.

McGruder’s 28 points was a high for a KSU player this season.

The rest of the all-tournament team was KSU’s Jamal Samuels, LBSU’s Anderson, Hawaii’s Zane Johnson and UTEP’s Michael Perez.

KSU joins past winners USC and Butler as champions of the third-year DHC.

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