Second-Half Surge Leads Cats to 90-48 Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. Michael Beasley scored a career-high 40 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Kansas State used a strong second-half surge to pull away from Winston-Salem State, 90-48, Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum.


With the win, Kansas State improved to 8-3 on the season, while Winston-Salem State dropped to 4-6.


Beasley recorded his 11th straight double-double of the season and became just the ninth player in school history to score 40 or more points in a game.


Ahead 39-31at the break, Kansas State opened the second half on a 41-13 run to break open the contest, with Beasley going 11-for-13 from the field during that run. Beasley finished with 28 total points in the second half and scored nine of the first 11 total points of the second half.


The Wildcats shot 45.6-percent from the field for the game, while shooting 55-percent during the second half, while holding the Rams to just 32-percent and forcing 24 turnovers. Winston-Salem scored just 17 points in the second half on 24-percent shooting.


Kansas State never trailed in the contest but could not put away the Rams in the first half. A three-pointer from Clent Stewart with 5:41 left in the first half gave the Wildcats their largest first-half lead at 13. Winston-Salem cut the margin to six at 37-31 after a Jamal Durham layup but two free throws from Andre Gilbert upped the lead to nine at intermission.


Stewart was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 14 points, 12 of which were in the first half, while Bill Walker and Fred Brown each scored nine.


Brian Fisher led the Rams with 13 points, while Paul Davis recorded a team-high seven rebounds.


Kansas State returns to action December 29 when Wagner visits Bramlage Coliseum for a 1 p.m. matchup.