Below are links and notes from Washington State’s narrow fall to Kansas State on Friday night.LINKS: The Kansas City Star checks in with its gamer here and the the Topeka Capital-Journal also staffed the game. Bud Withers of the Seattle-Times also filed a gamer. John Blanchette of the Spokesman-Review has a nice column here.
- Washington State actually outscored K-State in the paint 28-20. It doesn’t seem true at all, but it is. Oh, the power of perception.
- Marcus Capers did an admirable job defensively on Jacob Pullen, holding the preseason first-team All-American to six points.
- Reggie Moore, sporting a splint for his injured wrist, had about as good of a game as a guy who’s missed the first month of the season could have. Moore was 4-for-5 from the field and was very assertive. Bone said he needed some breathers initially, but became hastily acclimated.
“For it being his first game back from an injury,” Thompson said. “I thought he played great.”
- Washington State was a lowly 18-percent from three-point range (3-for-16). A stat to mope, but also a reason hope as the guard-oriented club isn’t resting on its perimeter game.
“These guys are not good shooters — they’re great shooters,” Moore said in reference to Thompson and Aiden’s horrid shooting night. “Faisal and Klay had wide-open looks they make 90 percent of the time.”
- Curtis Kelly (6-fot-8), Jamar Samuels (6-foot-10) and Freddy Asprilly (6-foot-1o) dominated the glass. WSU’s primary post DeAngelo Casto was flummoxed most of the game but driving guards opened things up for him offensively in the second half.
““They are just so quick and they are longer, it was a different look for us,” Bone said. “We can’t simulate it during practice.”
- Kansas State had 16 points off of turnovers—23 less than what the Wildcats had against the Cougars in Manhattan a year ago.
Pullen coughed up five turnovers and Thompson had six. The two combined to go 7-for-26 from the field. Not exactly the type of outing fans anticipated for the pair of headliners.
- While Pullen didn’t have the nicest night offensively, his strip of Moore before hitting Kelly for the final go-ahead layup was key.
“Klay struggled to make shots. I didn’t make shots. It just made the game more of a battle,” Pullen said.
Apple Cup weekend helped almost sellout Friel Court with a shade under 12000 fans.
“That’s a Big 12 environment. You’re going to have some turnovers. You get wrapped up in the moment. It’s a hard-fought game,” KSU coach Frank Martin said.
- Kansas State handled Gonzaga 81-64, a team that visits Friel Court on Wednesday. Gonzaga is another club that feaures bulk and length.