Kansas State kicked off their highly-anticipated 2010-11 season with an exhibition game against Div. II opponent Newman University on Tuesday night. The Wildcats looked fairly lackluster early in the first half of the game, although Preseason AP All-American Jacob Pullen scored the game’s the first eight points for the Wildcats. Eventually, the Wildcats wore down the Jets, however, and pulled away to win by 27 points, 83-56.
Twelve different players scored for the Wildcats while Pullen paced K-State with a game-high 15 points. Wally Judge came up big as well, scoring 14 points and snagging 11 rebounds. Judge had surgery last off-season to address injuries sustained during his freshman season, but he looked good against Newman. Putting his long wingspan to use, he was able to track down a lot of rebounds in the post.
Newcomers Freddy Asprilla and Will Spradling impressed with their performances. Asprilla got his hand on nearly every basketball that came off the rim. Utilizing his big frame, he could become a solid low-post threat for the Wildcats. Asprilla finished the game with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Spradling handled the point guard duties for much of the night and did not disappoint. After entering the game for Pullen in the first half, Spradling led the attack for the Wildcats and accumulated seven points with no turnovers.
Overall, the Wildcats played a relatively sloppy game early on, making several first-game mistakes, but they will improve before the regular season starts. Frank Martin’s squad has to play better defense and take advantage of free-throw attempts. Without a doubt, Martin will make sure the message is understood by his team.