K-State Hosts Emporia State in Exhibition Friday

OCT. 30, 7:10 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

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Kansas State: Bruce Weber (Wis.-Milwaukee ’78)
Overall: 375-193/18th season
At K-State: 62-38/4th season
vs. Emporia State: 1-0

Emporia State: Shaun Vandiver (Colorado ’02)
Overall: 52-61/5th season
At Emporia State: Same
vs. Kansas State: 0-1

Kansas State (0-0)
G: #3 Kamau Stokes (6-0, 170, Fr.-HS)
G: #14 Justin Edwards (6-4, 200, Sr.-1L)
G: #25 Wesley Iwundu (6-7, 210, Jr.-2L)
F: #32 Dean Wade (6-10, 225, Fr.-HS)
F: #41 Stephen Hurt (6-11, 265, Sr.-1L)

Emporia State (0-0)
G: #11 Terrence Moore (6-2, 170, Sr.-3L)
G: #13 Micah Swank (6-1, 180, Sr.-3L)
G: #21 Jevon Taylor (6-4, 175, Jr.-2L)
F: #1 Josh Oswald (6-7, 225, Jr.-TR)
C: #4 Kevin Allen (6-11, 245, Sr.-TR)

Overall: K-State leads 12-8 (regular season only)
In Exhibition Play: K-State leads 2-0 (2-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 10-4 (regular season only)
In Emporia: Emporia State leads 4-2 (regular season only)
Current Streak: K-State, 5 (exhibition play, 2)
Last Meeting: K-State won 81-51 in Manhattan (11/4/2012)
Weber vs. Vandiver: Weber leads 1-0

Kansas State opens year four of the Bruce Weber era on Friday at 7 pm, as the Wildcats play host to Division II opponent Emporia State (0-0) at Bramlage Coliseum in the first of two exhibition games. This marks the first time since 2012 that the squad will play two exhibitions.
K-State is 56-18 (.757) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including 44-9 (.830) at home. The Wildcats are 38-9 (.809) at Bramlage Coliseum in exhibition play, including 16 straight wins dating back to 2004, which includes wins over the Hornets in 2005 (79-75) and 2012 (81-51)
K-State has primarily played the Kansas members of the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) since switching to playing Division II teams in exhibition in 2004, which includes five meetings with Washburn, three with Pittsburg State and two each with Emporia State and Fort Hays State. The only exception was Newman in 2010.  
The last home setback in exhibition play came to the EA Sports All-Stars, 79-67, on Nov. 6, 2003. The last loss in an exhibition came during the team’s tour of Brazil in 2012 - a 77-75 loss to Tijuca on August 13, 2012.
Last year, K-State won its only exhibition game, 68-56, over Washburn on Nov. 9, 2014. The team shot 44.1 percent from the field, including 46.7 percent in the second half, to hold off a late surge by the Ichabods.
Four players return from that exhibition, including two who scored in double figures. Current senior Justin Edwards scored 14 points on 5-of-10 field goals, with 4 rebounds, while fellow senior Stephen Hurt added 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench with a pair of blocks. Senior Brian Rohleder and sophomore Mason Schoen also saw time.
K-State won its last exhibition meeting with Emporia State, 81-51, on Nov. 4, 2012. The Wildcats shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 53.8 percent in the second half, and posted a 51-26 advantage on the glass to overwhelm the Hornets. The squad outscored ESU, 50-16, in the paint, 18-6, in points off of turnovers, 26-7, in second chance points. Junior D.J. Johnson led all with a near double-double of 17 points and 9 rebounds.
K-State is 4-0 under Bruce Weber in exhibition play with wins over Washburn (81-61) and Emporia State (81-51) in 2012, Pittsburg State (75-54) in 2013 and Washburn in 2014.
The Wildcats return six lettermen in 2015-16, including five with starting experience, highlighted by Edwards (6.3 ppg., 3.3 rpg.) and junior Wesley Iwundu (5.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.).
Edwards is the Wildcats’ top returner in both scoring and steals (37), while Iwundu is the leading returner in rebounding (108), assists (61), blocks (20) and minutes (780). In addition, the squad returns Hurt (4.2 ppg., 2.8 rpg.), Rohleder (0.1 ppg., 0.4 rpg.) and Schoen.
The Wildcats will also regain the services of junior forward D.J. Johnson, who missed the entire 2014-15 season due to a foot injury. Johnson, who has played in 63 games with five starts in his career, has a career 52.9 field goal percentage to go along with averages of 2.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 33 games with five starts as a sophomore in 2013-14.
The returning lettermen will be aided by the addition of 10 newcomers, including seven scholarship players. This group will be led by NJCAA Division I First Team All-American Carlbe Ervin II (Oklahoma City, Okla./Connors State College) and freshmen Barry Brown (St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs), Kamau Stokes (Baltimore, Md./Fork Union Military Academy) and PARADE All-American and Mr. Kansas Basketball Dean Wade (St. John, Kansas/St. John). 
All four players bring a championship pedigree to the program, as Ervin led Connors State to a 53-9 record in two seasons, including a 30-game winning streak in 2014-15, and back-to-back Region II and Oklahoma Collegiate Athletics Conference titles, while Stokes and Wade combined for five state championships in high school. In addition, Brown led Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., to the Class 5A state semifinals for the first time since 2011.
Weber and his coaching staff also welcomes several other newcomers, including junior walk-on transfers Austin Budke (Beloit, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) and Zach Winter (Andover, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) and freshmen Ron Freeman (Los Angeles, Calif./Future Prep), Isaiah Maurice (Durham, N.C./Bull City Prep), Pierson McAtee (Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan) and Dante Williams (Arlington, Texas/Bowie).