Postgame Notes

The Wildcats’ starting line-up featured senior guards Blake Young and Clent Stewart, freshman forward Michael Beasley, freshman forward Dominique Sutton and freshman forward Bill Walker in quarterfinal action of the Big 12 Basketball Championship... It marks the fourth time that this lineup has started a game for the Wildcats this season... The five have earned a 2-2 record as the game’s starters... Beasley and Young remain the only two players to start every game this season.

 

With the loss, Kansas State drops to 27-30 all-time in conference tournament play... The Wildcats are now 7-12 in Big 12 Championship action... In quarterfinal/second round games, K-State is now 8-11, including 2-5 in the Big 12 era.

 

With the loss, Kansas State falls to 13-6 in the all-time series with Texas A&M, including a 1-1 record in the tournament... On the season, K-State finishes with a 1-1 record against the Aggies... The Wildcats won the regular-season matchup in Bramlage Coliseum, 75-54, when Texas A&M was ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll.

 

The attendance for tonight’s game was 18,897... It is the largest crowd to witness a K-State game this season... The number also marks the 10th largest in school history, taking over the spot from the 2002 Big 12 Tournament games in Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo., versus Oklahoma and Baylor, which featured a crowd of 18,848.

 

The Aggies held a five-point advantage at the half with a 38-33 score... Texas A&M also had the advantage in field goal percentage as it shot 55.6 percent while K-State was 14-of-31 for 45.2 percent.

 

Beasley led Kansas State in scoring for the 25th time this season after putting up 25 on the Aggies Friday... It marks the 24th time the Big 12 Player of Year notched 20 or more points this season... The freshman’s single season total was increased to 820... He becomes only the third player in Big 12 history to top 800 points in a single season... He entered the game needing only five to establish the feat.

 

Beasley finished the night shooting 10-of-21 to bring his career field goals made total to 292... The total surpasses Chuckie Williams’ (1975-76) single season record of 290... Beasley also connected on 4-of-6 from the free throw line and has attempted 262 free throws this season... He moves past Bob Boozer (258; 1958-59) for most free throw attempts in a single season.

 

Beasley also paced the Wildcats in rebounds as he grabbed nine boards... It marks the 30th time this season he has led KSU in boards... His season total of 384 marks the third-best single season rebound total in Big 12 history... The team finished with 31 rebounds to pull even with Texas A&M in the category... Young pulled in six rebounds, while Stewart added five.

 

Beasley collected three blocks in the second half... He moves into second place in the school record books for single season blocks with 53 to move behind Gerald Eaker’s 59 in 1995-96... The blocks also elevated Beasley above Jason Bennett (50; 2006-07) for the most blocks by a freshman in K-State history.

 

Walker finished as the Wildcats’ second leading scorer with 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field... The freshman also added a career-high six assists to account for half of the team’s total.

 

Kansas State turned the ball over a season-low seven times... The Wildcats also had 12 assists as a team... They finished with more assists than turnovers for the 15th time this season.