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Men's Hoops Rolls in Opener

By Mark Janssen

What coach Frank Martin learned Tuesday night was this: "We're talented, but we have a lot of work to do. Our upper-classmen have to be better leaders, which has been a concern of mine. It's hard to lead when you're not doing your job, and our upper-classmen have been inconsistent in that in practice."

Kansas State rolled past Newman of Wichita by an 83-56 count with Wally Judge leading the way with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Jacob Pullen was the only other twin-figure scorer with 15 on a night when 10 Wildcats saw at least 10 minutes of court time.
 
Overall, Martin said, "We're trying to find our identity. We have people trying to figure out how to handle their roles, and how to handle their responsibilities, which is a part of growth. We have guys that used to be little guys and now they're teenagers. Well, we need them to keep growing and that's a process. It doesn't happen overnight. You don't take a guy who was a secondary player and expect him to play like a veteran. That takes time."
 
K-State led at the break, 46-31, and then dominated the early minutes of the second half. Newman went just 2-of-15 from the floor with six turnovers in its first 19 possessions of the second half.
 
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
 Sophomore Wally Judge made the most of his 24 minutes of court time with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. He also had two assists, one blocked shot and a steal.
 
"Wally has simplified the game and has quit trying to do things that are impossible," Martin said. "He does the easy things and makes simple basketball plays."
 
NEWCOMER OF THE GAME:
 Freddy Asprilla scored nine points and collected 13 rebounds, which included seven at the offensive end.
 
"Freddy on offense is very good. He's got great hands, can catch the ball and has an unbelievable vision of the court with the ball in his hands. Defensively is where he has to get better. If we played a 2-3 zone, the adjustment would be a lot easier, but we're not a 2-3 zone."
 
OJELEYE GETS START: With Jamar Samuels sidelined with a scratched eye, Martin went with walk-on Victory Ojeleye in the starting lineup. The Ottawa native scored four points and controlled three rebounds in his 19 minutes of play.
 
On the decision to start Ojeleye, Martin said, "Victor's a responsible young man. Victor's a guy who has earned my trust. He does the job, gets where he belongs, takes care of responsibilities and is a big-time teammate and he takes pride in wearing that jersey. This didn't start yesterday. This process started after we lost to Butler (in the Elite Eight). He's one of the guys who is really trying to lead on this basketball team."
 
GOOD STAT: K-State got to the foul line 40 times. "If you've paid attention to who we are since I've been here, that's who we are ... getting to the foul line. We've been labeled a guard team because of Jacob (Pullen) and Denis (Clemente), but you don't lead the nation in free throw attempts unless you get to the rim."
 
BAD STAT: K-State shot just .525 from the foul line (21-of-40), plus a chilly .397 from the field and .320 from 3-point range.
 
UP NEXT: K-State will conclude its exhibition season on Sunday against Washburn with a 2:30 start in Bramlage Coliseum.