January 8, 2008

Wildcats set records in win over Savannah

Kansas State made history Monday when it held Savannah State, it's final non-conference opponent to just one second-half field goal in an 85-25 victory. The four points the Wildcats allowed in the contest's final 20 minutes were the least of any half in the NCAA's shot-clock era, and the 60-point margin of victory was the second largest in school history.

Overall, not a bad day at the office.

"I've never seen anything like that before," said K-State freshman Michael Beasley, whose 25 points led all scorers. "That was crazy. I think (Savannah State) needs to get in the gym or something."

The Tigers have been far from an offensive juggernaut this season, scoring less than 40 points on four separate occasions, but whether the opponent is Ohio State, Savannah State or the state's top middle school, holding a team to just four second-half points is a significant accomplishment. No Savannah State player managed more than eight points against the Wildcats on Monday, and the Tigers shot a collective 9-for-58 from the floor, a shooting percentage of just more than 15 percent. Even more discouraging for the Tigers was the 4.3 percent they shot in half No. 2, the worst percentage for any half in NCAA history.

"It was a collective thing," Kansas State head coach Frank Martin said of his team's smothering second-half defense.

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