The Kansas State Wildcats finally got a tournament trophy, and fittingly their upperclassmen showed the way.

Seniors Dean Wade, Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes all scored in double figures and the No. 12-ranked Wildcats never trailed Monday night on the way to an 82-67 Paradise Jam championship victory over Missouri in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Wade, who was voted most valuable player of the tourney, finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Brown had 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. The Wildcats (5-0) also got 13 points and six rebounds from Xavier Sneed, with Stokes adding 10 points and three assists.

And as was the case in each of the first two rounds, K-State used a big run at the end of the first half to take control before blowing it open in the second period.

“We got it up in the 20s and then just had to play smart the rest of the way,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said. “It was a good team win. Yesterday five guys in double figures, I believe, (and) today four. We’re a good team.”

After squandering an early eight-point lead, the Wildcats scored the last 13 of the half for the second straight night, this time breaking a 27-all tie to lead 40-27 at the break. The difference in the final was they finally caught fire from 3-point range, knocking down 12 of 24 after hitting a total of 13 treys in their first four games.

Eight of the 3s came in the first half, including four from Wade, who had 14 points at intermission. Sneed made three for the game.

“We hadn’t shot the ball well all year long, but they shot the ball well, too, and you knew it was going to be a high-level game,” Weber said.

The Wildcats scored the game’s first seven points and led 10-2 on a Sneed 3-pointer five minutes in, but Missouri clawed back to tie it three times, the last on Reed Nikko’s dunk with 4:39 left in the half.

It was all K-State the rest of the period.

Back-to-back Wade 3-pointers put the Wildcats up six, and after a pair of Brown free throws, Sneed drained the team’s eighth of the half from long range. Cartier Diarra’s layup off a Stokes assist at the 1-second mark wrapped it up.

Missouri (3-2) got no closer than the 13-point halftime margin after the break and K-State pushed it to 56-36 at the 13:31 mark on a Wade dunk. An 11-2 Tiger run that included a trio of 3-pointers trimmed it to 60-47, but two straight Diarra 3s and a Sneed fast-break alley-oop dunk from Diarra extended it again for K-State.

The Wildcats shot 54.5 percent from the field to 47.9 for Missouri, and made 10 of 13 free throws. The Tigers had a 28-26 rebounding advantage, with four of their five starters grabbing four each.

Jordan Geist’s 24 points led Missouri. Xavier Pinson added 12 off the bench and Mark Smith had 11.

K-State returns home Saturday to face Lehigh in a 3:30 p.m. game at Bramlage Coliseum.

No. 12 KANSAS ST. 82, MISSOURI 67

MISSOURI (3-2)

Tilmon 1-2 0-0 2, Puryear 2-6 0-0 5, M.Smith 3-7 3-6 11, Pickett 2-4 0-1 4, Geist 7-15 7-10 24, M.Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Nikko 3-4 0-0 6, Suggs 0-1 0-0 0, Guess 0-0 0-0 0, Pinson 4-6 2-2 12, Watson 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 23-48 12-19 67.

KANSAS ST. (5-0)

Sneed 4-11 2-3 13, Wade 8-10 1-1 21, Mawien 3-6 0-0 6, Stokes 4-9 0-0 10, Brown 7-13 4-4 19, McAtee 0-0 0-0 0, Shadd 0-0 0-0 0, Trice 0-0 0-1 0, Love 0-0 0-0 0, Stockard 1-1 0-0 2, Diarra 3-4 0-0 8, Neal-Williams 0-1 3-4 3, McGuirl 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-55 10-13 82.

Halftime — Kansas St. 40-27. 3-Point Goals — Missouri 9-15 (Geist 3-4, Pinson 2-2, M.Smith 2-4, Watson 1-2, Puryear 1-3), Kansas St. 12-24 (Wade 4-6, Sneed 3-7, Diarra 2-3, Stokes 2-5, Brown 1-3). Fouled Out — Tilmon. Rebounds — Missouri 25 (M.Smith, Pickett, Geist, Tilmon 4), Kansas St. 24 (Sneed, Brown 6). Assists — Missouri 12 (M.Smith 4), Kansas St. 17 (Brown 6). Total Fouls — Missouri 19, Kansas St. 20. A — 2,274 (3,000).