8:00 PM ET, November 29, 2010
Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas
Kansas State coach Frank Martin was pleased how his team rebounded from its first loss of the season. The fifth-ranked Wildcats could get plenty more rebounds in their next matchup.Looking to set a school record with its sixth home win in November, Kansas State goes for its fifth straight victory over Division II Emporia State on Monday night.Coming off Tuesday's 82-68 loss to top-ranked Duke in the final of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., the Wildcats (5-1) led by as many as 39 points in an 84-60 victory over Texas Southern on Friday.Kansas State shot 49.2 percent from the field and outrebounded the Tigers by 19."For the first 32, 33 minutes of the game, I thought that's as well as we've played," Martin said. "We were getting shots. We didn't shoot it great but we were getting shots through our offense rather than guys holding the ball and getting shots from one-on-one play."Martin was also pleased with his team's second-shot opportunities. The Wildcats had a season-high 20 offensive rebounds, with junior forward Freddy Asprilla grabbing five of his season-high eight boards on the offensive end and 7-foot center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts pulling down three."That means we took good shots," Martin said. "... When you take shots where you don't move the defense, then offensive rebounding becomes very difficult."The Wildcats, who have outrebounded their opponents by an average of 8.5, will face a Hornets team grabbing just 29.2 boards per game. Emporia State's leading rebounder is 6-foot-6 senior guard Matt Boswell, who is averaging 5.6.The Hornets (3-2) won their third straight Wednesday, but coach David Moe -- son of long-time NBA coach Doug Moe -- was not satisfied with his team giving up 12 second-chance points and 10 offensive rebounds to Southwestern."We did a little better playing defense in the second half (holding the Moundbuilders to 36.0 percent shooting), but then when they shot it we just stood around expecting that possession to be over," he said following the 72-61 victory. "Then they got an ungodly number of offensive rebounds."Kansas State pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and defeated the visiting Hornets 82-60 in the teams' last matchup on Nov. 19, 2008.Wildcats senior guard Jacob Pullen bounced back from a 1-for-12 shooting effort against Duke on Friday by totaling 16 points and a season-high seven assists. The preseason first-team All-American finished with four points versus the Blue Devils."I put Tuesday behind me when I woke up Wednesday morning," Pullen said. "... I hate the fact that we lost, and today was a chance for us to win another game, so I focused on that."Pullen needs four 3-pointers to pass Steve Henson to become the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers made.Hornets forward Adam Holthaus, one of five senior starters, is averaging a team-high 14.6 points. He scored 10 and was one rebound shy of his first career double-double in the loss at Kansas State two years ago.The Wildcats are 11-8 all-time versus Emporia State but have not lost to the Hornets in 71 years.
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