K-State Hosts Fort Hays State in Final Exhibition Friday

GAME PREVIEW
NOV. 6, 7:10 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
FORT HAYS STATE
TIGERS
0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

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

Fort Hays State: 
Mark Johnson (Pittsburg State ’93)
Overall: 284-127/15th season
At Fort Hays State: Same
vs. Kansas State: 0-2

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
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)

Fort Hays State (0-0)
G: #3 Craig Nicholson (5-8, 160, Sr.-3L)
G: #11 Rob Davis (5-11, 185, Jr.-TR)
G: #22 Kenny Enoch (6-0, 175, Sr.-TR)
F: #21 Jake Stoppel (6-5, 210, Sr.-1L)
F: #24 Dom Samac (6-9, 215, Sr.-1L)

INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: K-State leads 3-2 (regular season only)
In Exhibition Play: K-State leads 2-0 (2-0 at home)
In Manhattan: K-State leads 3-1 (regular season only)
In Hays: Fort Hays State leads 1-0 (regular season only)
Current Streak: K-State, 5 (exhibition play, 2)
Last Meeting: K-State won 90-60 in Manhattan (11/6/2011)
Weber vs. Johnson: First meeting

QUICK HITTERS
Kansas State plays its second and final exhibition game on Friday at 7 p.m.,  as the Wildcats play host to Division II opponent Fort Hays State (0-0) at Bramlage Coliseum. It marks the first time since 2012 that the squad will play two exhibitions after defeating Emporia State, 80-42, on Oct. 30.
K-State is 57-18 (.757) all-time in exhibition play dating back to 1964, including 45-9 (.830) at home. The Wildcats are 39-9 (.809) at Bramlage Coliseum in exhibition play, including 17 straight wins dating back to 2004, which includes wins over the Tigers in 2007 (95-59) and 2011 (90-60).
K-State is 5-0 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, Washburn (68-56) in 2014 and now Emporia State in 2015.
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.
The 80 points vs. Emporia State were the most in an exhibition since scoring 81 vs. the Hornets on Nov. 4, 2012, while the 42 points were the fewest allowed since University of Windsor (Canada) scored 39 on Nov. 29, 1979. The 38-point margin of victory was the third-largest in an exhibition and the most since a 46-point win vs. Washburn on Nov. 7, 2010.
K-State was impressive on both offense and defense in the ESU win, connecting on 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field, including 61.5 percent (16-of-26) in the first half, while holding the Hornets to 25 percent (13-of-52) shooting, including 15 percent (3-of-20) in the opening half.
Junior Wesley Iwundu paced four players in double figures with a game-high 17 points to go with highs in rebounding (7), assists (6) and minutes (24). Seniors Justin Edwards (13) and Stephen Hurt (11) as well as junior Austin Budke (10) also scored in double figures. In all, 11 played scored at least two points, including 10 with a made field goal.
Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade became just the eighth and ninth true freshmen to start an exhibition since 2006 and the first duo to start since a trio of rookies - Michael Beasley, Jacob Pullen and Bill Walker - started against Fort Hays State on Nov. 3, 2007. Wade had 6 points and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes, while Stokes added 5 points and 3 assists.
K-State won its last exhibition meeting with Fort Hays State, 90-60, on Nov. 6, 2011. The Wildcats connected on 46.2 percent from the field, as five players scored in double figures led by Angel Rodriguez’s 15 points.

THE WILDCATS
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).