K-State Surges in Second Half to Cruise to a 92-50 Win

Thomas Gipson

Nov. 22, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman Thomas Gipson and Senior Jamar Samuels led a second half charge as K-State beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 92-50 on Tuesday night. Gipson led the way for the Wildcats as he scored 13 points and brought down nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Samuels in his first action this season added 12 points.

After a close first half where the Wildcats shot 37.9 percent and clung to a 36-29 lead at the break, K-State’s offense caught a spark and its shooting caught fire in the second. K-State shot an incredible 65.6 percent from the field and going 21-of-32 from the field.

K-State used a 24-6 opening second half run to put the game away early and outscored their opponents 56-21 in the half.

Junior guard Rodney McGruder scored eight of his 11 points in the second period as he went 3-of-4 from the field with two 3-pointers.

A total of four Wildcats scored in double figures as Martavious Irving (11) joined McGruder, Gipson and Samuels. Junior guard Jeremy Jones came off the bench to score a career-high eight points which included back-to-back layups to give the Wildcats a 73-42 lead at the 8:20 mark. A total of 13 Wildcats scored points.

The Wildcats defense caused 18 turnovers which led to 26 points and had 22 fast break points on the night.

K-State finished the game shooting 52.5 percent from the floor including a season best 78.3 percent from the free-throw line. After shooting 41.7 percent from the floor in the first half, K-State held UMES to 24.1 percent in the second. Guard Percy Woods led UMES in scoring with 13.
    
K-State will be off for Thanksgiving break but will return to action on December 1 as the Wildcats take on George Washington in Bramlage Coliseum. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Kansas City at 7 p.m.