K-State Rebounds With Victory Over Huskers

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Michael Beasley had 35 points and 13 rebounds to set a school record with his 18th double-double, and grief-stricken No. 20 Kansas State beat Nebraska 74-59 on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats played with a heavy heart and without one of their floor leaders.

Senior guard Clent Stewart went home to Tulsa, Okla., shortly after Kansas State's loss to Missouri on Saturday to be with his ailing mother, Vanessa, who died Tuesday after a long battle with bone cancer.

It was a party the last time Kansas State played at home, with fans rushing the floor and players dancing on the scorer's table after the Wildcats ended a 24-game home losing streak to previously unbeaten Kansas on Jan. 30.

Bramlage Coliseum was much more somber this time around.

Kansas State had a letdown after the raucous win over the rival Jayhawks with the disheartening loss to undermanned Missouri. Just a game behind Kansas in the Big 12, the Wildcats (16-5, 6-1) still have a shot at their first conference title since 1977 and they sure didn't want to have another disappointment, particularly against a Nebraska (13-7, 2-5) team that lost to Kansas by 35 earlier this season.

Stewart, who isn't expected to rejoin the team until after the memorial service on Saturday, was clearly on everyone's minds inside Bramlage.

Kansas State's players wore pink T-shirts during warmups and on the bench in her honor, and had black patches with the letters ``VS'' on their jerseys. The coaches wore pink ribbons on their lapels and a moment of silence was held before the game in Vanessa's honor.

Beasley provided the spark once they hit the floor, dropping a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 10 points in the first 3 1/2 minutes as Kansas State opened with a 12-4 run. A zone took the ball out of Beasley's hands for a short while after that, but the freshman poured it on after Cornhuskers center Aleks Maric picked up his second foul, scoring 12 points over the final 5:41 to put Kansas State up 45-30 at the half.

Nebraska clawed its way back into it in the second half by putting Ade Dagunduro on Beasley and playing zone against the rest of the Wildcats. With Kansas State unable to hit from the outside, the Cornhuskers went on a 12-2 run, pulling within 55-50 on Sek Henry's 3-pointer.

Beasley finally broke loose with 12 1/2 minutes left on a putback, then scored eight more points to help the Wildcats to a 69-54 lead with 3 minutes left. Beasley's 18 double-doubles is a single-season school mark and four short of the Division I freshman record, set by Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony in 2002-03.

Maric had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Dagunduro and Cookie Miller had 14 points apiece for Nebraska, which lost its 21st straight road game against a ranked opponent.

Bill Walker had 17 for Kansas State.