Postgame Notes

With the win, Kansas State is 3-2 all-time against Fort Hays State, including 3-1 in Manhattan... The last meeting between the schools before Saturday night was in 1947, when K-State won 60-32... The Wildcats have won three straight in the series.

 

Kansas State hit just one of its first 10 three-point attempts in the game... But, starting with a Michael Beasley three-pointer from the top of the key at the 11:28 mark in the first half, the Wildcats shot 5-for-10 (50 percent) from three-point range the rest of the way. K-State was 6-for-20 total for the game from three (30 percent).

 

The actual attendance on Saturday night in Bramlage Coliseum was 5,628... The paid attendance for the night was 10,474... Last season’s exhibition game with Washburn drew 9,955 with a paid attendance of 13,186.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Saturday night was: freshman guard Jacob Pullen, senior guard Blake Young, freshman forward Bill Walker, freshman forward Michael Beasley and sophomore center Luis Coln... Young, Walker and Coln are returning players from last season’s squad.

 

Walker scored 19 points in the contest, including 11 in the second half... Walker’s average in his six games played during the 2006-2007 season was 11.3 points per contest... Walker did not play in last year’s exhibition game against Washburn because he did not join the team until the fall semester ended.

 

K-State led the Tigers 38-19 at the half... Fort Hays State hit 28.0 percent (7-25) from the field, including 28.6 percent (2-7) from three-point range... The Wildcats hit on 36.1 percent of its field goal attempts (13-36) and was 4-for-16 from beyond the arc... K-State held Fort Hays State without a field goal in the final 10:04 of the first half.

 

Eight of the nine players that dressed saw the floor in the first half for K-State, with six players scoring... The ninth, James Franklin, saw action in the second half... Beasley and Young led the way with 15 and nine, respectively, at halftime.

 

Fort Hays State owned its largest lead of the game, 14-10, at 12:38 to go in the first half, but K-State outscored the Tigers by 23 points on a 28-5 run to take a 38-19 halftime advantage.

 

Beasley was two rebounds short of a first-half double-double at halftime... At the break, he had 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists... Beasley reached his double-double at the 17:14 mark in the second half when he grabbed his 10th rebound... The freshman forward went on to lead the Wildcats in points (35), rebounds (14), assists (4), blocks (4) and steals (6).

 

If it were a regular season game, Beasley’s 35 points would have been the most points scored by a freshman in his debut... The current K-State leader is Mike Evans with 30 points against Montana State November 30, 1974.

 

Kansas State’s 95 total points against Fort Hays State tops its point total from last year’s exhibition game by one point... In that game, the Wildcats defeated Washburn 94-90 in three overtimes.