K-State to Play Pittsburg State in Exhibition

K-State concludes exhibition play with Pittsburg State Thursday, at home in Bramlage.


Exhibition Game 1: Pittsburg State (0-0) at Kansas State (4-1)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Manhattan, Kan.

Tip Time: 7:05 p.m. CST.

Television: None

Radio: None

Webcast: The game will be webcast live as part of the Powercat Passport feature on Kansas State's athletic site at www.kstatesports.com.

The Records: Kansas State enters the game with a 4-1 record, which includes the team's five-day, four-game exhibition tour to Vancouver, British Columbia in October. Pittsburg State will be making its season debut on Thursday.

K-State Coach Jim Wooldridge: Wooldridge (Louisiana Tech '77) is in his fifth season at Kansas State and owns a record of 51-65 (.440). He has amassed a 280-212 (.569) all-time record in this his 18th season as a collegiate head coach. Wooldridge guided the program to its highest win total in five years with last season's 14-14 record.

Pittsburg State Coach Gene Iba: Iba (Tulsa ‘63) is in his ninth season at PSU and owns a record of 156-77 (.670). He has a 382-280 (.577) record in his 24th season as a collegiate head coach, which includes stints at Houston Baptist (1978-85), Baylor (1986-92) and PSU.

The Series: This is the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Wooldridge is 3-0 all-time against PSU (during his stint at Central Missouri), while Iba is 0-2 all-time against K-State.

Officials: Announced on game day.

Projected Starters

3 Lance Harris G 6-5 190 So.-1L
5 Clent Stewart G 6-4 195 Fr.-HS
15 Jeremiah Massey F 6-7 220 Sr.-1L
20 Cartier Martin F 6-8 220 So.-1L
23 Marques Hayden F 6-7 225 Jr.-2L

Key Reserves

1 Schyler Thomas G 6-0 185 Jr.-2L
4 Curtis Allen G 6-4 200 Fr.-HS
12 Fred Peete G 6-4 200 So.-TR
40 Travis Canby F 6-10 237 Sr.-3L
54 Justin Williams F 6-10 245 Sr.-1L
55 Tyler Hughes F 6-11 240 So.-1L

Injuried

21 Dramane Diarra F 6-8 245 Sr.-1L

Wildcats entertain DII foe Pittsburg State in exhibition finale on Thursday

Kansas State concludes the exhibition season on Thursday, as the Wildcats play host to Division II foe Pittsburg State (0-0) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.

The contest will not be broadcast by the Mid-America Sports Network, but fans can view a webcast of the game on the school's official website at www.kstatesports.com. There is a subscription fee to view the webcast as it is apart of the Powercat Passport program.
K-State, which will be looking to end its exhibition season with a 5-1 record, opened its home schedule on Nov. 3 when the Wildcats posted a 71-59 win over the EA Sports All-Stars. Guard Lance Harris, who got the start due to an injury to newcomer Fred Peete, was stellar in his sophomore debut, as he posted a game-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, with seven rebounds and three blocks. Senior Jeremiah Massey tallied a near double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds to go with four assists, while sophomore Cartier Martin added 10 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Kansas State got a jump on its preparations for the 2004-05 season with its The Wildcats posted a 3-1 mark during its trip with wins over Simon Fraser, Langara and Victoria to go along with an overtime loss to British Columbia.

A quick look at the Cats

Kansas State has has four players averaging in double figures during its exhibition season led by the AP's Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jeremiah Massey, who paces the team in both scoring (18.0 ppg.) and rebounding (7.3 rpg.)... A trio of sophomores - newcomer Fred Peete (12.8 ppg.) and returnees Cartier Martin (11.2 ppg.) and Lance Harris (11.2 ppg.) also average in double figures for the Wildcats... Harris leads the team in assists (3.8), steals (1.8) and blocks (1.2)... K-State has averaged 79.0 points in its five exhibition game on 52.0 percent shooting with 35.8 rebounds, 16.4 assists and 8.2 steals.

Others impacting the ‘Cats

Kansas State has a truly balanced team during its exhibition slate with seven players averaging six or more points per game... Aside from the four players in double figures, the Wildcats have also gotten nice contributions from junior Marques Hayden (9.5 ppg.) and senior Justin Williams (8.0 ppg.).... Hayden, who sat out the EA Sports game due to disciplinary reasons, is the team's second-leading rebounder (6.5 rpg.), while Williams leads all players with a 69.6 shooting percentage... True freshman Clent Stewart has been solid in four starts at the point, averaging 6.0 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals... Sophomore Tyler Hughes is second on the team in blocks (1.0 bpg.) and third in rebounds (5.0 rpg.).

Sir Lance-Alot

Although its only exhibition play, sophomore Lance Harris has shown the ability to make a big impact in his second season... Harris, who saw more action than any freshman last season, is the team's third-leading scorer at 11.2 points on 48.8 percent shooting, while leading the squad in assists (19), blocks (6) and steals (9)... Harris showed his talent in the win over the EA Sports All-Stars, as he led both squads with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three blocks... He has already his assist and steal totals of his freshman campaign, while he is close to equaling his point and field goal totals... As a freshman, he averaged 2.1 points on 28.8 percent shooting with 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists.

Injury Bug

A couple of Kansas State players - Fred Peete and Dramane Diarra - have been battling the injury bug early this season... Peete, who was the team's second-leading scorer during its trip to Canada, is expected to return against Pittsburg State after sitting out the game with the EA Sports All-Stars with a back injury... Diarra has not played in any of the team's five exhibition games due to nagging foot injury... It is not known when he will be able to return.

Wildcats in exhibition play

• Kansas State is 4-5 in exhibition games in head coach Jim Wooldridge's four seasons in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats is looking for its third straight exhibition win dating back to last season.

Free for all (students)

Both men's basketball exhibition games are free for Kansas State students. Students can pick up tickets at the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum with a university I.D.

The book on the Pittsburg State

• Pittsburg State will be opening its 2004-05 season on Thursday against Kansas State... It marks the second straight year the program will be opening the season against a Big 12 foe after falling to Kansas, 103-73, on Nov. 11, 2003.
• The Gorillas return four starters from last year's squad, which posted an 18-11 overall record and reached the semifinals of the MIAA Postseason Tournament.
• Junior Eddie Jackson and senior Jason Taylor are the team's top returning scorers at 19.8 and 13.6 points per game, while senior Wes Thornton is the squad's top returning rebounder at 6.9 per game.
• The Gorillas are coached by ninth-year head coach Gene Iba, who has a 156-77 (.560) record... Iba, the nephew of legendary basketball coach Henry Iba, has a 382-280 (.577) record in his 24th season as a head coach which includes stints at Houston Baptist (1978-85) and Baylor (1986-92)... Iba is 0-2 all-time against K-State with both coming during his tenure at Baylor.

A Familiar Foe

• Although Kansas State has never played Pittsburg State in its history, Wildcat head coach Jim Wooldridge knows a little bit about the Gorillas and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)... Wooldridge had a successful nine-year association with MIAA member Central Missouri, including the final six seasons as the Mules' head coach... Wooldridge posted a 131-48 (.732) record as head coach from 1985-91 and guided the Mules to three consecutive 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances... He was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame last February.
• The Gorillas will be the first of two MIAA teams to visit Manhattan in 2004-05, as Central Missouri State comes to town on Jan. 3.

Up Next: North Dakota State (0-0)

• Kansas State will officially open the 2004-05 season when the Wildcats host Division I newcomer North Dakota State on Friday, Nov. 19.... It will be a special night for the Bison as they play their first year at Division I after decades at the Division II level... NDSU has played more seasons of men's basketball than any other school in Division II and are one of just 17 teams in Division I to play at least 105 seasons.
• NDSU return two starters and six overall lettermen from a team that posted a 16-13 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the North Central Conference... The Bison are coached by fourth-year head coach Tim Miles, who has a 47-39 record at the school and is 160-100 in nine seasons as a head coach.
• NDSU opened exhibition play with a 70-56 win over Minnesota State-Moorhead on Nov. 6... The Bison shot 55.6 percent from the field, as seniors Myron Green and Adam Dobmeier led all scorers with 20 and 15 points, respectively... The team plays an exhibition at Drake on Saturday.
• The two teams have met just once with the Wildcats earning a 79-52 win on Dec. 19, 1967.

The Coach

Armed with a two-year contract extension, head coach Jim Wooldridge enters his fifth season at Kansas State. Despite numerous injuries, he led the Wildcats to a 14-14 overall record and a tie for ninth place in the Big 12 standings with a 6-10 mark in 2003-04. Both the 14 overall wins and six league victories are the most of the Wooldridge era and the most since the 1998-99 season. Overall, he has a 51-65 (.440) record in four seasons at K-State, while he is 280-212 (.569) in 17 seasons as a head coach.

New Additions

• K-State has two new players on its basketball roster with the addition of walk-ons Josh Campbell and Kyle Taylor... Campbell was a two-year letterman and one-year starter at Cloud County Community College... Taylor joins the team after starting one year at Butler County Community College.
• The Wildcats are hoping for one more addition, as they await clearance from the NCAA on freshman Milton Barros... Barros was a member of the junior national team in his native Angola.

Preseason Accolades for Massey

Reigning Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Jeremiah Massey enters his senior season with high expectations. The Wildcats' leader in both scoring (14.7 ppg.) and rebounding (6.5 rpg.), Massey was selected to preseason All-Big 12 second team by The Sporting News, CBS Sportsline and Lindy's. Massey is one of only two returning players (along with Kansas' Wayne Simien) to rank among the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Last season, Massey became the Wildcats' first conference Newcomer of the Year since 1993. He was named to the coaches' third team all-conference and to its all-newcomer team, while he was honorable mention all-league by the Associated Press.

O, Canada!

• Kansas State started the 2004-05 season north of the border in Canada, as the Wildcats embarked upon a five-day, four-game game trip through Vancouver, British Columbia Oct. 8-12. The Wildcats posted a 3-1 record on its trip with wins over Simon Fraser University (80-73), Langara College (68-55) and University of Victoria (92-64) to go with an overtime loss to the University of British Columbia (89-84).
• The team averaged 81.0 points during its tour on 53.6 percent shooting with 36.5 rebounds, 16.3 assists, 9.0 steals and 5.5 blocks.
• Senior Jeremiah Massey paced the Wildcats with a team-high 19.7 points per game on 68.4 percent (26-of-38) shooting to go with a team-best 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Sophomores Fred Peete and Cartier Martin also averaged in double figures at 12.8 and 11.5 points per game, respectively. Sophomore Lance Harris led the team in both assists (4.3) and steals (2.0) to go along with 7.5 points per game.

Tube Time

Kansas State will make a total of 19 regular-season television appearances during the 2004-05 season, including 12 on Fox Sports Net Midwest. K-State signed a three-year contract with Fox Sports in September 2003 to be the exclusive third-tier television right holder. As a part of the Big 12 package, ESPN Plus will broadcast seven games during the conference season. In addition, the program will have seven other contests webcast on the internet.

Quick Hitters

• Kansas State finished the 2003-04 season with a 14-14 overall record and a ninth place tie in Big 12 play with a 6-10 mark... The 14 overall wins were the most in the four-year tenure of Jim Wooldridge, while the team's six Big 12 wins tie for the most since 2001-02... In fact, the 14 wins and six league victories were the most since the 1998-99 season.
• K-State continued its stellar play at Bramlage Coliseum under Jim Wooldridge, posting 11 or more victories at home for the third consecutive season. The Wildcats are 43-21 (.672) under Wooldridge at home with wins in 29 of their last 39 games.
• Ten of the Kansas State' 14 losses in 2003-04 were by a grand total of 58 points (avg. 5.8 ppg.), including nine of its last 12 by 52 points... Over half (36) of Jim Wooldridge's 65 losses at Kansas State have been by 10 points or less, including 25 in Big 12 play.
• Kansas State will be playing on a new court in 2004-05, as the athletic department in conjunction with Robbins Flooring of Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced a new playing surface in late June. The new court, which is made of first-grade northern hard maple, features a totally re-designed court surface that will showcase more of the natural wood color.

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