Nov. 24, 2013
Kansas State Postgame Notes
Kansas State (3-3) 52 - Long Beach State (1-6) 38
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Consolation
San Juan, P.R. | Coliseo Roberto Clemente
K-State moved 6-2 all-time against Long Beach State, including 2-0 in neutral site games... It marked the Wildcats' second win in a week over the 49ers after posting a 71-58 win at home on Nov. 17... The school is now 15-3 all-time vs. the Big West, including 3-0 in neutral site games.
It marked the first time K-State has played the same non-conference opponent twice in the same season since defeating Xavier twice during the 2009-10 season... The Wildcats defeated the Musketeers, 71-56, at home on Dec. 8, 2009 and 101-96 in double-overtime in the NCAA West Regional semifinals on March 18, 2010... It was the first time playing the same non-conference twice in the regular season since splitting with New Mexico in 2006-07.
K-State played in its 43rd in-season tournament since 1935, including second visit to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (2009)... The school fell to 3-3 in the event with today's win over Long Beach State.
K-State is now 125-75 in in-season tournaments dating back to 1935... The Wildcats have won 15 in-season tournaments with the last coming at the 2011 Diamond Head Classic.
K-State is now 1,532-1,080 all-time in its history, including 182-153 at neutral sites.
Head Coach Bruce Weber is now 343-167 all-time and 30-11 at K-State... He moved to 3-1 all-time against Long Beach State... He also is 7-0 all-time against Dan Monson in his career, which spans his time at both Minnesota and LBSU.
The Wildcats' starting lineup consisted of freshman guard Marcus Foster, senior guard Will Spradling, senior guard Shane Southwell, freshman forward Wesley Iwundu and junior forward Thomas Gipson... This is the first time K-State has used this starting lineup this season.
With Foster and Iwundu's starts, it marks the first time two true freshmen have started five consecutive games since Thomas Gipson and Angel Rodriguez started five in a row against Oklahoma (1/28/12), Iowa State (1/31/12), Texas A&M (2/4/12), Texas Tech (2/7/12) and Texas (2/11/12) during the 2011-12 season.
The 38 points scored by Long Beach State tied for the fifth-fewest by an opponent in the modern era of K-State basketball, which dates to the 1946-47 season... It was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov. 13, 2012... It marked the ninth time in school history that an opponent was held under 40 points since 1946-47.
The 38 points were also the fewest allowed by a Wildcat team in a game away from Manhattan, surpassing the 39 scored by Nebraska in Lincoln on March 7, 1984.
The 19.6 field goal percentage was the fourth-lowest by an opponent in school history and the lowest since Alabama-Huntsville converted on 16.4 percent (9-of-55) on Nov. 13, 2012. Overall, Long Beach State connected on 11-of-56 field goals, including 5-of-23 (21.7 percent) from 3-point range, and 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the free throw line.
Long Beach State connected on just 12.5 percent (4-of-32) from the field in the first half, including 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from 3-point range. It was the second-lowest field goal percentage by an opponent in school history and the lowest since Savannah State shot 4.3 percent on Jan. 7, 2008.
The 11 field goals by Long Beach State ties for the fourth-fewest by an opponent and the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville had nine on Nov. 13, 2012... Rutgers (11/15/2006) and Savannah State (1/7/2008) also had nine field goals in games vs. K-State.
The 3 assists by Long Beach State ties for the fourth-fewest by an opponent and the fewest since Alcorn State had one on Dec. 6, 2010.
The 90 combined points is the lowest combined score in Kansas State's shot clock era, surpassing the 90 with Nebraska in 1987 and 1993... It is the lowest combined score since there was 80 combined points a win at Nebraska on March 6, 1984.
K-State connected on 47.6 percent (20-of-42) from the field, including 52.6 percent (10-of-19) in the first half... The 47.6 field goal percentage is the second-highest this season.
K-State's 23 turnovers were a season-high, but Long Beach State scored just 12 points off those miscues.
K-State held a 41-36 edge in rebounding after being out-rebounded 40-29 in the first meeting.
Thomas Gipson posted his fifth career double-double with game-highs in both scoring (18) and rebounding (10), while knocking down 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the field... It was his first double-double since the Texas Southern game on Dec. 18, 2012... It is his second straight double-digit scoring game and the 24th of his career.
Gipson is averaging 18 points on 63.6 percent shooting (14-of-22) with 8.0 rebounds in the last two games... He averaged 12.7 points on 62.5 percent shooting in the tournament.
Gipson is the only non-freshman to lead the team in scoring this season after Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson had led the team in scoring in each of its first four games and each of the first five counting the exhibition game with Pittsburg State (11/1/13)... Foster led vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and Long Beach State (11/17), Iwundu vs. Northern Colorado (11/8) and Johnson vs. Pitt State and Charlotte.
Marcus Foster also scored in double figures with 10 points to go with a season-high seven rebounds... He has now scored in double figures in five straight games.
All 13 available players saw action in game for at least two minutes.