December 22, 2007

Words stoke Beasley in 40-point night

A word of advice to future Kansas State opponents: Don't talk trash on Michael Beasley. Winston-Salem State forward Jamal Durham blocked a Beasley shot late in the first half and then asked the Wildcats on the way to the halftime locker room, "Beasley who?"

After Beasley erupted for 28 points in the second half on his way to a career-high 40 points in the Wildcats' 90-48 victory Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum, Durham and his teammates know all too well who Michael Beasley is: K-State's 6-foot-10 freshman forward may be college basketball's most dynamic player.

"That kind of upset me," Beasley said of Durham's words.

The Wildcats let the overmatched Winston-Salem Rams hang around for a half of basketball thanks to atrocious shooting, but then Beasley found that big dose of motivation. In addition to his 40 points, Beasley grabbed 15 rebounds in just 23 minutes of playing time. He has now recorded a double-double in all 11 games of his K-State career and is averaging 26.3 points and 14 rebounds a game for the Wildcats.

"You look at those numbers and regardless of how you cut them, they're good," K-State coach Frank Martin said.

The Wildcats opened the second half with an 11-0 run as Beasley scored the team's first six points and eight during the run. Beasley was far from finished. He scored an eye-popping 28 points in the second half, with his 40 points being the most by a Wildcat since Askia Jones scored a school record 62 in 1994.

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