In the exhibition opener of the 2010-2011 campaign Kansas State won easily over Newman University by a score of 83-56. While on paper the final margin would make it seem that this was never a contest that wouldn't be totally correct as KSU looked sluggish at times and didn't fully pull away from Newman until the 2nd half.
Playing without Jamar Samuels, who missed the game after being poked in the eye in practice, the Wildcats rotated in almost every player on the team throughout the contest. This constant shuffling of the lineup kept the Wildcats from ever getting into a flow on the offensive end of the floor.
Jacob Pullen led all Wildcat scorers with 15 points while newcomer Freddy Asprilla appeared able to help out this year as he added 9 points and 13 rebounds. Wally Judge was also impressive as he collected a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Some things were apparent that K-State will need to clean up as they get ready for a tough non-conference slate. The free throw shooting was to put it nicely not good, as not only did Wally Judge airball an attempt but Victor Ojeleye did so as well in the 2nd half. K-State also missed many point blank attempts that they will need to finish later in the year.
All things considered it was a good night for Frank Martin and the Wildcats. They got a nice challenge from Newman, everyone came out healthy and Martin got a chance to look at many different lineups in an actual game situation.
The next exhibition game for Martin and the Wildcats comes on Sunday against Washburn University in Bramlage Coliseum at 2:30. Washburn will be coming into Manhattan to play their 2nd straight Big 12 opponent as they lost to Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse tonight by a score of 92-62.