Postgame Notes

Kansas State is 1-0 all-time after winning the first-ever meeting with Sacramento State... The Wildcats improved to 10-4 all-time against teams from the Big Sky Conference.

 

Friday’s win marked the first collegiate head-coaching victory for Frank Martin and his first win as the Kansas State head coach... Martin became the 16th Kansas State head coach to win his first K-State game.

 

Kansas State moved to 80-24 (.769) all-time in season openers and 66-9 (.880) when debuting in Manhattan... The Wildcats have won 13 of the last 14 home openers... Kansas State is 216-83 all-time in Bramlage Coliseum.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Friday night was freshman guard Jacob Pullen, senior guard Blake Young, junior forward Andre Gilbert, freshman forward Michael Beasley and freshman forward Ron Anderson... Young is the lone returning player from last year’s squad... Pullen, Beasley and Anderson made their first collegiate starts... Gilbert made his first Wildcat start and is a junior college transfer from Mount San Jacinto College in San Jacinto, Calif.

 

Beasley tallied a double-double with 7:37 remaining in the first half after grabbing his 10th rebound to go along with his 10 points... The freshman forward had 17 rebounds in the first half, breaking last season’s single-game high of 13 by Akeem Wright against William & Mary on Nov. 11, 2006 and Lance Harris at Rutgers on Nov. 15, 2006... Beasley also broke Kansas State’s record of most rebounds in a game by a freshman... The previous record of 16 rebounds was held by Norris Coleman against Oklahoma on February 11, 1986... Beasley broke the record in the first half against Sacramento State... Beasley totaled 24 rebounds for the contest.

 

Beasley’s 24 rebounds also broke the Big 12 record for rebounds in a single game... Beasley broke the record with his 24th rebound at the 8:17 mark in the second half... The previous high was 23 boards by Texas’ Kevin Durant against Texas Tech on Jan. 31, 2007 and Kansas’ Nick Collison against Texas on January 27, 2003.

 

Beasley’s effort of 32 points and 24 rebounds was Kansas State’s 16th 20 point/20 rebound game by an individual in school history... It was only the second time in Kansas State history that a player has recorded at least 30 points and 20 rebounds... The only other Wildcat to accomplish the feat was Bob Boozer at Missouri on Feb. 25, 1957, with 36 points and 23 rebounds... Beasley also broke the Kansas State record for points scored in a freshman debut... The record was previously held by Mike Evans with his 30 points against Montana State on Nov. 30, 1974.

 

The paid attendance at Bramlage Coliseum was 12,496... The actual attendance on Friday night was 10,178... Kansas State’s largest season-opening crowd was Bramlage Coliseum’s grand opening, an 81-77 win over Purdue on November 26, 1988 which was witnessed by 13,304 fans.

 

Anderson, Beasley, Fred Brown, James Franklin, Gilbert, Chris Merriewether and Pullen all scored their first points as Wildcats Friday night... All 10 players that suited up for the Wildcats scored in the contest.

 

Young scored 22 points on the night... The senior’s career high for points scored in a game is 24 against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 18, 2006... Young went 4-of-5 (80 percent) from three-point range.

 

Kansas State’s 94 points were the most in a season opener since the Wildcats put up 103 points against UT-San Antonio on Nov. 23, 1991.