Postgame Notes

Kansas State is now 2-0 all-time against Western Illinois... The Wildcats won the first-ever regular season meeting between the schools on January 9, 1982, by a score of 67-57 in Ahearn Field House... Kansas State is 27-3 all-time against the Summit League (formerly the Mid-Continent Conference), including 20-0 at home.

 

The attendance at Bramlage Coliseum was 12,528... The game was Kansas State’s first sellout of the season... The last sellout in Bramlage Coliseum was against DePaul in the MasterCard NIT on March 19, 2007... It is the first non-conference sellout since the William & Mary game on Nov. 11, 2006, last season’s home opener.

 

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 forward Luis Coln... Pullen, Young and Beasley all made their third starts of the season... It was the second straight game that this starting five was used.

 

Kansas State led 31-27 at halftime... Kansas State shot 14-of-40 (35 percent) from the field in the first half compared to 9-of-32 (28.1 percent) for the Leathernecks... Western Illinois was shooting 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from three-point range while the Wildcats connected on just 16.7 percent (2-of-12) of their threes.

 

Beasley had his second 20 point/20 rebound game in three games as a Wildcat, posting 28 points and 22 rebounds for the night... The freshman had Kansas State’s 18th all-time 20 point/20 rebound performance... Beasley finished with more offensive rebounds (8) than any Leatherneck had total rebounds.

 

Three of the four Wildcat players who entered the contest averaging double figures in points reached double figures in the game... Beasley led the way with 28, while Walker finished with 14 and Pullen had 10... Young finished the game with eight points.

 

The Wildcats shot a season-low 18.2 percent (4-of-22) from three-point range... Kansas State came into the contest averaging 32.4 percent (12-of-37) from long distance.

 

Kansas State tallied 26 second-chance points for the game compared to just five for Western Illinois... The Wildcats doubled the Leathernecks in points in the paint, 48 to 24... Kansas State out-rebounded Western Illinois by a margin of 54 to 28.

 

Walker tied a career high in rebounds with eight for the evening... Walker also had eight boards against New Mexico on December 23, 2006.

 

Young also tied his career high in rebounds after grabbing seven in the game... The effort ties his previous high of seven against Pittsburg State in the Wildcats’ last game (Nov. 11, 2007).