December 29, 2007

Defense leads Cats in romp over Wagner

Michael Beasley[db]'s string a double-double performances nearly ended at 11 not because he wasn't dominant, but because the entire Kansas State team was completely dominant against the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

Beasley played just 23 minutes and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, marking his 12th-straight college double-double for the 9-3 Wildcats, but it was [db]Bill Walker's 27-and-10 night that led the Cats in a 101-59 blowout in front of a holiday crowd of 10,114.

The victory featured five Wildcats scoring in double figures as K-State tied season-highs in assists (22) and steals (12), and hit season-highs in field goals made (36) and field goals attempted (74).

"We're attacking the rim," Walker said. "At first we weren't shooting with a high percentage from three. We were shooting threes, which wasn't putting an emphasis on getting to the cup. Now we're just attacking the rim, and it's getting guys open shots."

Ron Anderson added 14 points and Clent Stewart chipped in 12 for the Cats in possibly their best all-around performance of the year. K-State's defense harassed the Seahawks into 23 turnovers and held them to 31.1 percent shooting from the field.

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