Dec. 31, 2010
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State reached the century mark to close out the calendar year against North Florida to record its second straight victory 100-76 on the eve of New Year’s. A sellout crowd watched the Wildcats shoot a season-high 57 percent from the floor of Bramlage Coliseum.
Jamar Samuels led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. The junior scored seven of K-State’s first 16 points in a little over four minutes. Samuels netted 17 points in the first half, which is the most since he tallied 21 against Oklahoma State last season. In addition he grabbed four boards and dished out five assists in his first start of the season and the fourth of his career.
The Wildcats opened the game 6-of-7 from the field to jump out to a 16-4 lead after just three minutes of play. The shots kept falling with K-State scoring 24 points before the first media break. During that stretch Samuels had 10 points and Will Spradling knocked in two shots from 3-point range. The Wildcats also had nine assists to their nine field goals with only one turnover. The remaining minutes of the first half belonged to the offensive end for both teams as K-State shot 60.6 percent from the field and North Florida tallied 43.3 percent. The Wildcats took a 57-41 lead into the locker room with the most points in a half for K-State since scoring 58 against Gardner-Webb in the 2008 season.
Wally Judge continued to play well in the paint to record a career high 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He tallied 12 first-half points, the most of his career. The sophomore just missed a double-double by one rebound in his career-high 30 minutes of play.
Parker Smith was a thorn in the Wildcats side for North Florida hitting seven of his 12 3-point attempts. Parker led the Ospreys with 25 points.
A big contribution to the Wildcats point total was the improvement from the free-throw line. K-State put in 20 free throws out of the 26 attempted for 76.9 percent. The Wildcats came into the contest with a free-throw percentage of 53 percent. Judge went 10-of-13 from the charity stripe including 6-of-7 in the first half.
K-State got a lift off of the bench with career highs coming from Victor Ojeleye and Juevol Myles, each recording 12 points. Myles shot 4-of-5 from the field including a perfect 3-of-3 from the 3-point line in a career-high 17 minutes. Ojeleye was a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line and was 5-of-6 from the field.
The Wildcats will look to make it three in a row as they play Savannah State on Monday at 7:00 p.m. from Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Kansas City.