No. 3 Cats Open Season with Exhibition Win

Wally Judge recorded a double-double against Newman

Nov. 2, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jacob Pullen scored 15 points and Wally Judge added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as third-ranked Kansas State opened the 2010-11 season with an 83-56 exhibition win over Newman Tuesday night before a sold-out crowd at Bramlage Coliseum.

Fourteen different Wildcats saw the floor on Tuesday with eight of those players scoring five or more points. Pullen and Judge were the only two in double figures, but Freddy Asprilla pitched in nine with 13 rebounds, Shane Southwell nine points, Will Spradling seven, Martavious Irving six and Nino Williams and Curtis Kelly each finished with five.

The Wildcats converted on 27-of-68 field goal attempts in the contest, including 8-of-25 from three-point range. Both teams struggled from the charity stripe, each shooting 52-percent, but K-State was able to get to the line 40 times (21-of-40) to Newman’s 17 attempts (9-of-17).

K-State had a huge size advantage on the block, and it took advantage with the Wildcats out-rebounding the Jets 59 to 34 in the contest. K-State’s 37 defensive rebounds outpaced Newman’s total rebound mark of 34 for the contest. Offensively, the Wildcats scored 38 points in the paint, while only allowing 21 for the Jets.

Pullen, who finished the first half with 10 points in just 11 minutes of action, fueled K-State’s offense in the early going as the senior All-American scored the team’s first eight points. Newman kept things close at 8-7 with 15:36 left before the Cats ran off six straight points to take a 14-7 advantage. Spradling’s three-pointer gave the Cats their first double-digit lead at 23-13, but the Jets battled back to within three at 25-22 following a 9-2 run.

Judge’s two-handed jam at the end of the first half gave K-State its largest lead of the opening frame at 46-31. The Wildcats shot 43-percent in the first half while holding the visiting Jets to 39-percent from the floor and forcing 13 turnovers.

In the second half, K-State continued to put its foot on the pedal, stretching the lead to as many as 33 points on two occasions. In a five-minute stretch beginning at the 9:26 mark, the Wildcats went on a 15-3 run to stretch the margin to 30 points, which was capped off with a three-pointer from Irving with 5:41 left.

K-State didn’t look back from that point, closing out the 27-point victory, 83-56.

K-State returns to action Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum with a 2:30 p.m. exhibition game against Washburn.