November 11, 2007

Wildcats shake off pesky Pitt State

Less than 48 hours after looking like a veteran team in an opening-game thumping of Sacramento State, freshman Jacob Pullen and his Kansas State teammates reminded everybody just how inexperienced they are, stumbling their way to a 76-66 win over Division II Pittsburg State on Sunday. And while K-State ultimately pulled out the victory, it needed a late surge to do so.

Freshman Michael Beasley, who finished with 14 rebounds, scored 19 of his game-high 30 points in the final nine minutes, as K-State closed the game on a 22-7 run, putting away a pesky Pittsburg State team that gave the Wildcats all they could handle and led for much of the contest.

"That was a heck of a challenge for our guys, and I'm pretty confident it was one that we're going to learn from," said K-State head coach Frank Martin.

And there appears to be plenty to learn.

K-State, now 2-0, shot just 42 percent from the floor against the Gorillas, and six of the team's 20 turnovers came courtesy of Pullen. K-State looked nothing like a Top 25 team for much of the game, struggling at both ends of the court while appearing to lack focus.

The win was certainly not pretty.

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