K-State, Boston U. play in Puerto Rico Tipoff
Kansas State (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Television: None. Selected games in the tournament will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU (Jon Sciambi, Doug Sherman, play-by-play; Fran Fraschilla, Hubert Davis, analysts). Internet: www.ESPN360.com (only those televised)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (Ben Boyle, play-by-play; Mike Clark, analyst). Live Stats: www.PuertoRicoTipoff.com. Local Stations: 101.5-FM (KMKF; Manhattan), 102.9-FM (KQTP; Topeka). Satellite Radio: n/a
Head Coaches: Kansas State - Frank Martin (Florida International '93) is 45-24 (.652) in his third season. Boston University -Patrick Chambers (Philadelphia '94) is 0-2 (.000) in his first season as a head coach.
Last Time Out: K-State defeated Western Illinois, 82-50, on Nov. 15, while Boston University lost to George Washington, 69-59, on Nov. 17.
Series: First meeting. Last time: n/a. vs. America East Conference: K-State is 1-0 (defeated Vermont, 59-57, in NIT First Round in 2007.) Frank Martin is 0-0 all-time vs. Boston University, while Patrick Chambers is 0-0 all-time vs. K-State.
Rankings: K-State is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls. Boston University is not ranked in either poll.
Tickets: $18 (Single-session tickets), $99 (All-Tournament tickets) at Coliseo de Puerto Rico Box Office or via www.Ticketpop.com.
This will be the 73rd in-season tournament for Kansas State dating back to 1935. The Wildcats played in at least one in-season tournament for 36 straight seasons from 1943-78, including the annual Big Six/Seven/Eight Holiday Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. This will be the team's sixth tournament outside the continental United States and the first since playing in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands in 2002. The school's other tournaments outside the continental U.S. include the Silver Sword Tournament in Maui, Hawai'i (1985), the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska (1989), the Hawai'i Nike Festival in Honolulu (1993) and the Maui Invitational (1998).
This week's tournament will be a homecoming for two of K-State's seniors, as guard Denis Clemente and forward Luis Colon are both natives of Puerto Rico. The duo, which played their prep basketball in Miami, will be playing basketball in their homeland for the first time in their careers. Clemente and Colon are both from San Juan suburbs (Bayamon and Carolina), which are only 15-20 minutes away from the arena, and should bring large cheer sections.
K-State opened the 2009-10 season with a pair of home wins this past weekend over Loyola Chicago (92-54) and Western Illinois (82-50). It marked the seventh consecutive season that the Wildcats have started 2-0 in a season, including third straight year under head coach Frank Martin. The squad shot over 50 percent in both contests, while holding their opponents to less than 30 percent from the field. The team has been balanced so far shooting the ball with five players each scoring in double figures in the first two games. Junior transfer Curtis Kelly, who posted a career-high 22 in the opener with Loyola Chicago, paces five players in double-digit scoring at 15.5 points per game. He is also averaging a team-high 7.5 boards per contest.
Recapping the win over Western Illinois
Sophomore guard/forward Jamar Samuels provided the spark off the K-State bench, dropping 19 points on the Leathernecks to lead all scorers. He set a career-high in steals with three, while also adding seven rebounds along with three assists. He was one of five players to tally double digit scoring, which also included 13 from Denis Clemente, 11 from both freshmen Wally Judge and Rodney McGruder and 10 from Jacob Pullen. Clemente and Pullen scored in double figures for the 42nd and 41st times in their respective careers. It marked the first career double-digit scoring game for Judge, while McGruder tallied 11 points for the second consecutive game.
Freshman Jordan Henriquez-Roberts earned his first collegiate start on the afternoon and was a constant presence in the paint, blocking five shots and grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with his seven points. Henriquez-Roberts has had nine blocks in his first two games as a Wildcat.
Kansas State went into the break with a 31-20 lead, while holding Western Illinois to just 27.3 percent shooting. After the half, the Wildcats shot 60 percent from the floor, allowing them to stretch their lead to 32 at the buzzer. The squad was impressive in transition, holding the Leathernecks to zero points on fast-break opportunities, while converting 22 points off of fast breaks themselves.
Postgame Notes vs. Western Illinois
'Cats win 7th consecutive opener in win over Loyola
The squad connected on 50 percent of their field goals, including 57.1 percent in the second half, while holding Loyola Chicago to just 24.6 percent shooting, including 14.7 percent in the first half. The Wildcats also scored 29 points off 25 Rambler turnovers to go with a 18-4 advantage in fast-break points. Junior transfer Curtis Kelly led five Wildcats in double figures with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-11 field goals to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Backcourt mates Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen combined for 25 points and seven assists, while sophomore Jamar Samuels and freshman Rodney McGruder tallied 11 points apiece. In all, 11 of the 13 available Wildcats scored in the game against Loyola Chicago, including 27 by the heralded five-man recruiting class.
In all, six first-year Wildcats played in their first career games against Loyola Chicago, including four of them earning their first career points. The junior transfer Kelly led all newcomers with his 22 points, but McGruder also registered double figure scoring at 11 points. Nick Russell (7), Wally Judge (5), Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (4) also tallied points in their first career games.
The Book on Boston University
The Terriers are 0-2 on the young season under first-year head coach Patrick Chambers with a road loss at Iona (82-73) on Nov. 13 to go with a 69-59 loss at home to George Washington on Nov. 17. Boston shot just 38.2 percent from the field in the opener with Iona, as four players scored in double figures led by senior guard Tyler Morris' 21-point effort. The Colonials led most of the way in defeating Boston for the second straight season. Preseason all-conference selection and junior John Holland led the way for the Terriers with a game-high 24 points to go with 11 boards, while fellow senior Corey Lowe added 21 points. Boston shot just 30.6 percent from the field, including 18.5 percent from 3-point range.
The squad has three players averaging in double figures led by junior guard John Holland, who is averaging 20.5 points per game. Senior guard Corey Lowe is second in scoring at 18.5 points per game, while senior guard Tyler Morris is adding 12.5 points per contest. Senior guard Carlos Strong is the team's top rebounder at 10.0 per game.
Chambers is in his first season at Boston University after spending time as the associate head coach at Villanova, where he helped the Wildcats to the Final Four in 2009. He spent five years at Villanova, where he helped the squad to a 126-45 (.737) overall record and four NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances. He is a former point guard at Philadelphia University, where he left as the school's all-time assists leader. He led the squad to four NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eight finishes.
Series vs. Boston University
Head coach Frank Martin has ties to the Boston area, having broken into the college assistant coaching ranks at Northeastern University in 2000. He would serve four years on first Rudy Keeling's staff then Ron Everhart's staff at Northeastern, helping the Huskies post their first winning season in eight years in 2002-03 with a 16-15 record and a win over crosstown rival and NIT participant Boston College. The following year, the team collected the school's best record in 11 seasons with a 19-11 record and a third-place finish in the America East. Martin helped coach eight all-league players at Northeastern, including first team All-America East selection and current Dallas Maverick Jose Juan Barea in 2004.
'Cats in November
Last season, the squad posted a 5-2 mark in the month with wins against Florida A&M (88-68), Emporia State (82-60), Cleveland State (69-59) and Oakland (83-64) to go with losses to Kentucky (74-72) and Iowa (65-63) at the Findley Toyota Las Vegas Inviational.
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