Maybe the absence of Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly can turn into a positive thing afterall for Kansas State and Frank Martin. Wally Judge turned in another promising performance as the Wildcats took down the North Florida Ospreys on New Years Eve 100-76.
Judge scored a career high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Jamar Samuels led K-State with 26 points. The latest performance of Judge has to be music to Wildcats fans ears as it was looking like he might be a McDonalds All American bust.
On a day game where kids heads may not be fully in the game, the Wildcats avoided a sluggish start and came out of the gates early and built a 24-10 lead five minutes in. By halftime Kansas State had scored 57 points but had given up 41 points to North Florida.
Parker Smith had himself a ballgame today to lead the Ospreys as he scored 25 points while hitting 7 out 12 three point attempts.
Kansas State played the game without three of their normal starters with Pullen and Kelly suspended and Freddy Asprilla out with an illness. Pullen will be back for K-State's final tuneup against Savannah State before opening Big 12 league play on the road against Oklahoma State.
Another positive sign for KSU and their fans was their surprising performance from the foul line. In an atypical performance the Wildcats went 20-26 from the charity stripe, Judge himself went 10-13. He previously this year had only been 4-20 from the free throw line.
Maybe the emerging performance of Judge combined with the return of preseason All-American Pullen can help K-State reach some of their preseason expectations.