Cats Open Season at Home With a Win

MANHATTAN - Kansas State began exhibition play on Wednesday night on the right foot, beating EA Sports 71-59 at Bramlage Coliseum.


MANHATTAN - Kansas State began exhibition play on Wednesday night on the right foot, beating EA Sports 71-59 at Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State guard Lance Harris led all scorers with 26 points. Also in double figures for the Wildcats was forward Jeremiah Massey with 13 and forward Cartier Martin with 10. Massey also snagged nine rebounds, five offensive, while Martin and Harris each grabbed seven.

The game opened tight as EA Sports tied the contest at 13 on a layup by Daniel Watts at the 11:13 mark in the first half. The Wildcats then closed up the half with a 24-8 run, to hold a 37-21 halftime lead. Leading the Wildcats in the half was Harris with 11 points and Massey and Martin with six.

The Wildcats continued to increase its lead in the second half, pushing it to a 50-30 margin, on a layup by forward Justin Williams. EA Sports mounted a small comeback near the end of the game but it was not enough to overtake K-State.

EA Sports was led in scoring by Watts with 13. Watts and teammate Chuck Roberts led the visitors with seven rebounds each.

Harris registered his 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Massey tallied his 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

Kansas State held advantages in most of the statistical categories, including rebounds (33-26), field goal percentage (45.9-44.9), 3-point percentage (28.6-22.2) and blocks (5-2).

The Wildcats will finish exhibition play at Bramlage Coliseum on Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. against the Gorillas of Pittsburg State.

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