Postgame Notes

Kansas State moved to 2-0 in the all-time series against Centenary on Saturday afternoon... Today’s match-up marks the first time the two teams have met since Dec. 7, 1983... The Wildcats are 29-3 all-time against teams from the Summit League, including 22-0 at home.

 

Kansas State celebrated its relationship with nearby Fort Riley on Saturday with the “Big Red One Holiday Appreciation Day” ... The athletic department, in partnership with students and season ticket holders, donated more than 1,900 tickets to the contest to Fort Riley soldiers and their families.

 

Kansas State posted their eighth consecutive home win to move to 7-0 in Bramlage Coliseum this season... The win continues the Wildcats’ 15-game homecourt winning streak in the month of December... The Wildcats moved to 236-85 (.734) all-time in Bramlage Coliseum... The attendance in Bramlage Coliseum was 8,861.

 

With the win, Kansas State moved to 440-232 (.654) all-time in the month of December, including having won 31 of its last 41 games during the month... The team has won 26 of its last 27 games at home in the month.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Saturday afternoon was sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, junior guard Denis Clemente, redshirt freshman Jamar Samuels, senior forward Darren Kent and junior forward Luis Coln... This marks the first time this season that Kansas State has used this line-up... It is Samuels’ first career start.

 

Kansas State held Centenary to just 51 points on 36.4 percent shooting... It marked the sixth time this season that the team has held an opponent to 60 points or less, including the third straight under 55 points... The squad has held eight opponents to below 40 percent shooting.

 

Senior forward Darren Kent collected a career-high 24 points to lead all Wildcat scorers on the day... It was his first career 20-point game... Kent also grabbed his third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds... It marked his highest point total since scoring 15 points against SE Missouri State on Nov. 16... It also marked a career-high in field goals made (nine) and field goals attempted (14).

 

With Kent’s career-high 24 points, Kansas State has now had seven different leading scorers in 11 games...  The team has had multiple double-figure scorers in every game this season.

 

Sophomore guard Fred Brown scored in double figures for the fifth time this season with 14 points... He has scored in double figures in three of the last four games.

 

Redshirt freshman forward Jamar Samuels posted a solid all-around day for the Wildcats in his first career start... He tallied eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks in 27 minutes... He tied season-highs in both rebounding and blocked shots, while he set his season-best in assists.

 

Kansas State used a 13-1 run in the last 4:23 of the first half to post a 33-21 lead at halftime... It marked the Wildcats’ ninth halftime lead this season... Darren Kent led all scorers at halftime with 14 points, including 11 of the team’s 13 during a pivotal 13-1 run in the last 4:23 of the half... It marked the fifth time that Kent has scored double figures this season, including the first time in the opening half.