Cats blanket Titans

MANHATTAN - Defense was the name of the game for K-State against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Wildcats held the Titans to 36-percent shooting, and held them 26 points below their season average.

"We played good defense," coach Jim Wooldridge said following the 84-59 victory over Cal State Fullerton. "Overall, I thought we did what we had to do to make it the kind of game that it was. We didn't let the two Brown guys (Jamaal and Bobby) get going early, and I thought that was a key thing to the game."

The Wildcats started slowly but made up for it in a big way just minutes into the contest. K-State answered an early 8-4 Cal State Fullerton lead with a 14-0 run over nearly four minutes in the first half. Wooldridge said the key to the run did not involve the offense, but the success on the defensive end and in the rebounding department.

Lance Harris led the Wildcats with 19 points, breaking out of a mini-slump that had plagued him through the first three games. Harris shot 8-15 from the field, and credited his improved play to more patience. "The coaches just told me to slow down and to focus more on my shot," Harris said. "It's frustrating because I know I need to knock down those shots."

Cartier Martin continued his all-league-worthy play, scoring 17 and leading the Wildcats with six rebounds. He said the teams continued success is giving the team more confidence as it heads on the road Saturday. "I feel that we are a lot more confident than the few wins before this one," Martin said. "We go out and just try to make as many plays as we can."

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Player of the game
Lance Harris. Harris unseated incumbent Cartier Martin by breaking out of a shooting slump and leading the Wildcats in scoring with 19.

Message for Hughes
Junior Tyler Hughes was the only Wildcat that did not see playing time against Cal State Fullerton. Hughes suited up for the game and participated in all the warm-up drills. Wooldridge said Hughes did not enter the game because the match-ups did not call for it.

A night of firsts
K-States fourth game of the season turned out to be a night of firsts for a few Wildcats. Freshmen Deilvez Yearby and Darrent Kent both scored their first career points. Yearby's first point came off a free throw with 3:21 left in the game. He finished with five points. Kent's first basket as a Wildcat was a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:35 remaining. Freshman walk-on Justin Winger earned his first career playing time for K-State. He had not even seen game action in the Wildcats' exhibition contests.

That's an all-star lineup
If Cal State Fullerton ever wants to put on a celebrity game, they have a pretty good start with three names on their roster. Jamaal Brown entered the game as the Titans' leading scorer, but he has never suited up on the offensive line for the Oklahoma Sooners. Bobby Brown, the Titans' second leading scorer, apparently has never been married to Whitney Houston, and reserve guard Frank Robinson is not a former major league slugger.


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