Being back in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum was an early Christmas present for Frank Martin and the #11 K-State Wildcats on Thursday night. K-State was hot from behind the arc and took down the visiting Kangaroos from UMKC by a score of 80-64.
Still playing without suspended seniors Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly, the Wildcats hit 11 of 19 three pointers to give themselves a comfortable lead. Rodney McGruder was the player who stepped up his game the most as he connected on 7-10 from deep to finish with 24 points overall.
It was a manly effort from McGruder who most remember chipped his tooth on Tuesday night in the Sprint Center against UNLV. He had to have an emergency root canal done and he still had some swelling entering the game against UMKC.
Luckily for Kansas State the three pointer was falling because their shots from the charity stripe continued to have a clang factor about them. K-State finished up 11-27 from the free throw line with Freddy Asprilla leading the attack going 0-4 himself.
Two players who will need to be counted on for minutes and points in Pullen's & Kelly's absence are Will Spradling and Wally Judge. Both players stepped up against the Roo's with Spradling going for 15 points and Judge posting a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Kansas State has a few days off before taking on North Florida on Friday December 31st in Bramalage in what will be Jacob Pullen's last game of his suspension. No final ruling has come on Curtis Kelly yet, but Wildcat fans should not expect to see him anytime soon or maybe ever again in a KSU uniform.