Beasley nets 35 as K-State tops FHSU, 95-59

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Freshman forward Michael Beasley posted 35 points and 15 rebounds in his college debut on Saturday night, as Kansas State earned a 95-59 win over Division II Fort Hays State in exhibition action at Bramlage Coliseum.

Beasley, the nation's No. 1 high school recruit out of Washington, D.C., lived up to the hype, as he connected on 15-of-25 field goals for a team-high 35 points and 15 rebounds to go with six steals, four assists and four blocks in 28 minutes of action.  The 35 points would have surpassed Mike Evans' school record for points by a freshman in debut if it had been a regular season contest.  Evans scored 30 points against Montana State in his debut on Nov. 30, 1974.  He led four Wildcats in double figures, including three by freshmen. 

Freshman forward Bill Walker, who played in just six games last season before tearing his ACL in the first Big 12 game against Texas A&M, turned in 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 25 minutes.  Freshman point guard Jacob Pullen, who earned the start in place of injuried point guard Clent Stewart, scored 13 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.  Senior guard Blake Young added 10 points, as K-State won its fifth consecutive exhibition contest. 

Junior guard Tyrone Evans and senior guard Jake Sims each tallied 11 points to lead Fort Hays State.

Kansas State jumped out to an early 8-0 lead as Fort Hays State missed its first nine field goals.  However, the Tigers responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 14-10 lead with 12:38 remaining.  The two teams traded scores until the Wildcats regained the lead at 19-18 on a 3-pointer by Walker.  The trey inignited a 22-1 run by K-State to end the half that was puncuated by a steal and dunk by Beasley.  Beasley led all scorers at halftime with 15 points to go with eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists in 18 minutes.  

Kansas State's hot shooting continued in the second half, as the Wildcats scored 16 of the first 19 points to further open a commanding lead.  The squad held as much as a 38-point lead with 10:10 remaining in the contest.  Beasley totaled 20 points in the second half on 9-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds in just 10 minutes.  Walker posted 11 points on 4-of-5 field goals to go with a four rebounds and two assists.

Kansas State opens the 2007-08 season on Friday, Nov. 9 when the Wildcats play host to Sacramento State at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.