Four signs the K-State faithful held up all game seemed to tell the story:
“Party Like It’s 1983”
“The Time Is Now”
“25th Times A Charm”
“The Streak Ends 2-Nite.”
Freshman superstar Michael Beasley guaranteed a Wildcat victory, and he
delivered. Beasley led all scorers with 25 points, despite being held
scoreless for the first 10:38 in the first half. He caught fire to open
the second half, scoring KSU’s first nine points after
halftime as the Wildcats broke open a 38-all game to lead 57-45 with
“We lost it (game) in the first 10 minutes of the second
half,” said KU coach Bill Self.
Kansas (20-1, 5-1) cut the deficit to six points three times in the
next 4:12 (K-State led 61-55 with 5:51 left in the game), but could get
no closer. Kansas State, quite simply, had more energy, more bounce,
and more firepower.
“K-State (15-4, 5-0) was just a better team than we were
tonight,” Self said. “We got sped up, it was one of
those atmospheres where that could easily occur. I don’t know
if you could pinpoint one thing, other than to me, of the 50-50 balls,
they got 70 or 80 percent of them. It seemed like they scored an awful
lot off loose balls, and that’s something we are usually good
at, but we weren’t tonight. ...The biggest thing was how many
balls that were on the floor that they came up with that we
didn’t come up with.”
KU actually outshot K-State from the field, 48.1 to 42.9 percent.
However, the Wildcats made 12 of 26 three-pointers, compared to just 6
of 17 for Kansas. K-State also outmuscled the ‘Hawks on the
offensive boards, 16 to 9.
“They wanted it a little bit more than us,” said KU
senior center Sasha Kaun. “They played great inside and
Junior guard Mario Chalmers led KU with 19 points, followed by Brandon Rush with 15 (just three points in the second half) and Sherron Collins
and Darrell Arthur with 12. Arthur played just 17 minutes due to foul
While Beasley led the way with 25 points, he had plenty of help.
Freshman forward Bill Walker scored 22 points (12 in first half), while
freshman guard Jacob Pullen added 20 (10-10 FT). Senior guard
Clent Stewart also scored in double figures with 11 points.
For K-State and its fans, this was a game for the ages.
“I knew my team was capable of beating anybody,”
Beasley said. “We showed that tonight.”
The Wildcats, who were up 38-36 at halftime, jumped out to an 11-5 lead
before KU finally took a 16-14 advantage with 12:58 remaining
in the half. There were five lead changes in the first half with the
score tied six times.
Kansas State set the tone with its intense play to open the game.
“The way that game started obviously gave (them) confidence,
and also put our team on its heels,” said Self,
“because we wanted to be aggressive and they played behind
our aggressiveness and made shots. ...You got to give K-State credit. I
don’t think we were good, but I think they were a big reason
And the raucous Bramlage crowd also played a factor. Most of the fans
were on their feet and cheering the entire game.
“We will not play in an environment like this again this
year,” Self said. “This was fabulous. I
couldn’t even hear the whistle blow.”
“This was probably one of the loudest I’ve been
part of playing in the Big 12,” added Kaun.
K-State head coach Frank Martin praised the Jayhawks after the game.
“They’re so good that every minute of the game is
important against them,” Martin said. “I just told
Dave Hoskins (injured Wildcat) in the locker room that that is the kind
of game that, as a coach, you age 40 years in 40 minutes, and when you
win, you get those 40 years back. It’s hard to beat the
champion. It’s not easy to beat a champion, and those guys
are champions in that locker room over there that represents
KU now looks to regroup for its next game at Colorado on Saturday and
start another streak after winning its first 20 games this season.
And yes, KU’s 24-game winning streak in Manhattan is now
“(The loss) didn’t sting because of the
streak,” Self said. “It stings because
it’s our rival. I could care less about the streak, but I do
care about beating our rivals. ...We got a really nice team, we do a
lot of good things. We weren’t going to run the table, as
much as I wished we could, that wasn’t going to happen. The
chance of that happening was very, very remote. This could be a good
thing for us in the long run.”
The Streak is Over
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