Wildcats Clean Out Washburn

Will Spradling

Nov. 7, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by a game-high 18 points from Rodney McGruder, the Kansas State men’s basketball team closed out the exhibition portion of the 2010-11 season with a 90-44 drubbing of the Washburn Ichabods.

McGruder, who only missed on field goal attempt in the contest, was on fire from beyond the arc, draining all five of his attempts in the game. Overall, the Wildcats converted on 45.5 percent of their 3-point shots, hitting 10-of-22 from downtown.

K-State had 13 different players contribute points in the contest, with half of its points coming from off of the bench. Preseason AP All-American Jacob Pullen scored double digits in his second straight exhibition game, getting 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Curtis Kelly was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures, with 11 points on an efficient 4-of-5 field goal attempts.

Jordan Henriquez-Roberts had a strong day on the block, grabbing a game-high nine rebounds while also leading all players in blocks with three. Blocks were a theme for the K-State defense as it racked up nine on the game, with newcomer Freddy Asprilla accounting for two and four others adding one of their own.

K-State held the Ichabods to just 25.8-percent on 17-of-66 shooting from the field. The Wildcats were able to force Washburn into 21 turnovers on the game, including two steals each from Pullen and Shane Southwell, converting 20 points off of those opportunities.  

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, with the game tied at 7-7 at the 13:20 mark. From there, however, the Wildcats picked up the pressure on both ends of the floor, going on an 18-0 run to bring the score to 25-7 with 6:49 left in the first half. The Wildcats and Ichabods traded baskets from that point on, with K-State taking a 35-21 lead into the locker room at the half.

After the break, the Wildcats completely broke the game open, extending their lead to 26 by the second media timeout, capped off by a pair of free throws from Asprilla. K-State went on to outscore the Ichabods 35-15 in the last 12 minutes of the contest to close out the 46-point victory.

The Wildcats kick off regular season play on Friday when they host James Madison as part of the O’ Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Tipoff for the ESPNU nationally televised game is set for 8:00 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.