Nov. 30, 2013
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CENTRAL ARKANSAS (2-3, 0-0 Southland)
AT KANSAS STATE (3-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Sunday, December 1 >> Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) >>
Manhattan, Kan. >> 3:10 p.m. CT
FSN Kansas City
Ben Boyle (play-by-play)
Stan Weber (analyst)
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Kansas State (3-3)
G 55 Will Spradling
G 2 Marcus Foster
G 1 Shane Southwell
F 25 Wesley Iwundu
F 42 Thomas Gipson
G 5 Ryan Williams
G 30 DuShaun Rice
G 35 Daouda Berete
F 10 Phabian Glasco
F 33 Jeff Drew
INSIDE THE SERIES
Overall: First meeting
Vs. Southland: K-State leads 11-3 (11-0 at home)
In Manhattan: First meeting
In Conway: First meeting
Last Meeting: n/a
Weber vs. UCA: First meeting
Weber vs. Finley: First meeting
LAST GAME SUMMARY
Kansas State 52, Long Beach State 38
Game 6 * Coliseo Roberto Clemente * November 24, 2013
Junior Thomas Gipson earned his fifth career double-double with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, as K-State used a swarming defense to defeat Long Beach State, 52-38, on Sunday in the consolation game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Wildcats held the 49ers to 38 points on 19.6 percent shooting, including 21.7 percent from 3-point range, and 45.8 percent from the free throw line. The 38 points tied for the fifth-lowest by an opponent in the modern era (since 1946-47) and was the fewest since Alabama-Huntsville scored 26 on Nov. 13, 2012. The 19.6 field goal percentage was the fourth-lowest by an opponent in school history and the lowest since UAH converted on just 16.4 percent. Gipson was one of two Wildcats in double figures with his double-double, as freshman Marcus Foster scored in double- digits for the fifth consecutive game with 10 points.
Kansas State (3-3) begins a four-game homestand on Sunday, as the Wildcats play host to Central Arkansas (2-3) at 3 p.m. CT. This will be the team's first home game since a 71-58 win over Long Beach State Nov. 17.
The Wildcats have won back-to-back home games against Oral Roberts and LBSU after dropping the opener to Northern Colorado on Nov. 8. It was the first season-opening loss since 2003 (snapping a 10-game streak) and its first in a home opener since 1993 (stopping a 19-game streak).
Sunday's game will be the second against a Southland Conference foe after a 71-63 win over Oral Roberts on Nov. 13. The school is 11-3 versus current members of the Southland, including an 11-0 mark at home.
K-State has a 60-3 (.952) record at home in non-conference play dating back to 2006-07, including a 58-2 (.967) mark during the regular season. The squad has won 49 of its last 50 non-conference home games. The three losses have come to DePaul (2007), Oregon (2007) and Northern Colorado.
The Wildcats are coming off a seventh-place finish at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Nov. 21-24 in San Juan, defeating Long Beach State (52-38) on the final day after consecutive losses to eventual champion Charlotte (68-61) and Georgetown (90-63) to start the tournament.
K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (62.8 ppg.), while the squad is second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.3) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (39.8). The Wildcats have held four of their last five opponents to under their scoring average, including 38 by LBSU.
The 38 points scored by LBSU tied for the fifth-fewest by an opponent in the modern era of K-State men's basketball, which dates to the 1946-47 season. It marked the ninth time in school history that an opponent was held under 40 points since the 1946-47 season.
Junior Thomas Gipson led the Wildcats in both scoring (12.7 ppg.) and rebounding (5.3 rpg.) at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, including connecting on 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field. He scored 18 points in back-to-back games vs. Georgetown and LBSU, including his fifth career double-double with 10 rebounds vs. the 49ers. It was his first double-double since the Texas Southern (14 points & 12 rebounds) on Dec. 18, 2012. |
Freshman Marcus Foster contines to pace K-State in scoring at 14.5 points per game. He also leads the teamin field goals (27), 3-pointers (13) and free throws (20). His 87 points are the most by a freshman in his first six games since Michael Beasley (163) in 2007-08.
THE OPPONENT: CENTRAL ARKANSAS (2-3)
Central Arkansas enters Sunday's game with a 2-3 mark after snapping a three-game losing streak with 60-53 win at home over Troy. The Bears are averaging 75 points on 42.0 percent shooting, including 39 percent from 3-point range, to go with 36.8 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 10.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game, while allowing 81 points per game on 45 percent shooting.
The Bears have a diverse offense with seven players averaging five or more points per game led by freshman Jalen Jackson (14.8 ppg.) and senior DeShone McClure (13.2 ppg.), who are both averaging in double figures and shooting better than 50 percent. Jackson also paces the squad in rebounding (5.4 rpg.), 3-pointers (11), assists (2.8 apg.) and steals (2.0 spg.).
Interim head coach Clarence Finley has a 2-3 record in his first season after serving associate head coach since 2010 to then head coach Corliss Williamson, who resigned August 2 to take an assistant coaching position with the NBA's Sacramento Kings. The former Arkansas standout went 26-62 in three seasons at UCA, including a 13-win season and Southland Tournament title game appearance in 2012-13. The 13 wins were the most by the program since moving to Division I in 2006.
BREAKING DOWN THE SERIES
This will be the first meeting between K-State and Central Arkansas on the hardwood. K-State is 11-3 all-time against Southland Conference schools, including an 11-0 mark at home. This will be the second meeting with a Southland member this season after defeating Oral Roberts, 71-63, on Nov. 13.
CENTRAL ARKANSAS-KANSAS STATE CONNECTIONS
Juniors Thomas Gipson (K-State) and Oliver Wells (Central Arkansas) were teammates at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. The duo led the Longhorns to a 33-4 record, including a District 5-5A title with a 12-1 mark, as seniors in 2010-11. The team lost to eventual state champion Flower Mound Marcus, 46-38, in the Class 5A Regional Final.
LONG BEACH STATE POSTGAME NOTES
K-State finished in seventh-place at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off with a 52-38 win over Long Beach State on Nov. 24... It marked the first time the school has played the same non-conference opponent twice in the same season since defeating Xavier twice in 2009-10. It was the first time playing the same non-conference foe twice in the regular season since New Mexico in 2006-07.
K-State is now 125-75 in-season tournaments dating back to 1935, including 3-3 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
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 than an opponent was held under 40 points since the 1946-47 season. 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. LBSU connected on just 12.5 percent from the field in the first half, which was the second-lowest field goal percentage by an opponent and the lowest since Savannah State shot 4.3 percent in 2008.
The 11 field goals and three assists by Long Beach State tied for the fourth-fewest by an opponent in school history.
Junior Thomas Gipson posted his fifth career double-double with game-highs in scoring (18) and rebounding (10), while knocking down 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the field. Freshman Marcus Foster also scored in double figures with 10.
GIPSON RETURNS TO FORM
Junior Thomas Gipson is starting to return to form after an injury sidelined him for the first three games. He is averaging 10 points on 55.6 percent shooting with 4.8 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game since returning vs. Long Beach State on Nov. 17.
Gipson was the leading scorer (12.7 ppg.) and rebounder (5.3 rpg.) during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, as he connected on 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the field and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line in three games.
36 of his 40 points have been scored in the last two games after posting a team-high 18 points each against both Georgetown and Long Beach State. He is the only upperclassmen to lead the team in scoring after as a freshmen led in the first four games.
Gipson earned his fifth career double-double vs. Long Beach State on Nov. 24 with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 field goals and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double since his 14-point, 12-rebound effort vs. Texas Southern on Dec. 18, 2012.
FOSTER OFF TO STRONG START
Freshman Marcus Foster is off to strong start to his career, as he paces the Wildcats in scoring at 14.5 points per game on 42.9 percent shooting, including 35.1 percent from 3-point range. He also leads in field goals (27), 3-point field goals (13) and free throws (20). He ranks among the Big 12's Top 15 in five categories, including eighth in 3-point field goals (2.2), ninth in free throw percentage (80.0), 10th in minutes (30.0) and 11th in scoring. He is one of two Big 12 freshmen in the Top 20 in scoring.
His 87 points through six games are the most by K-State freshman since Michael Beasley totaled 163 in 2007-08. Foster has scored in double figures in five consecutive games, while he has led the team in scoring twice.
His 42 combined points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13) and Long Beach State (11/17) were the most in back-to-back games by a Wildcat freshman since Michael Beasley scored 46 against USC and Wisconsin in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
He scored a game-high 25 points vs. Oral Roberts (11/13), hitting on 9-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. It was the most points by a freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals on March 14, 2008. He is the first freshman to post a 20-point game since teammate Thomas Gipson in 2011.
Foster became just the 17th true freshman to start an opener since 1973-74, including the eighth since 2003-04.
FRESHMEN A BIG PART
The freshmen trio of Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson combined to lead the Wildcats in scoring in the first four games, marking the first time a freshman has done that since Michael Beasley did it the first four games of 2007-08.
Iwundu became just the third Wildcat true freshman (since they became eligible in 1971-72) to post a double-double in his first career, joining Norris Coleman (1985) and Michael Beasley (2007). Iwundu was one of two players in double figures against Northern Colorado with team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (10) in 20 minutes off the bench.
Johnson came off the bench to post a team-high 14 points vs. Charlotte to go with six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.
Three freshmen have accounted for 158 points (an average of 26.3 points per game) on 40.5 percent shooting (49-of-121) with 19 of the team's 28 3-pointers to go with 65 rebounds, 27 assists and 10 steals in a combined 416 minutes.
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