Boxscore
Kansas St. 72, Charleston Southern 67
Friday, November 11, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Fred Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas
Officials - Paul Janssen, Toby Martinez, Jon Stigliano
Attendance - 12528

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Charleston Southern 49 18 67
Kansas St. 35 37 72

Recap


Kansas State found out Friday that life without Jacob Pullen might not be easy.

Rodney McGruder had a game-high 20 points, and Jordan Henriquez added 11 points and eight rebounds as the host Wildcats overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Charleston Southern 72-67.

Pullen wasn't taken in the NBA draft despite four years of excellence at Kansas State, which looked out of sorts without him.

For at least a half.

The Wildcats gave up a 19-2 run late in the first half as Charleston Southern took a 49-35 lead into halftime. Jeremy Sexton had 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first half for the Buccaneers, who went 4-13 on the road last season.

But Kansas State stormed back in the second half. The Wildcats took a 64-62 lead on Will Spradling’s 3-pointer, then extended the lead to 66-62 on McGruder’s 10-foot jumper with 1:20 left.

Charleston Southern got as close as three points, but the Wildcats, who haven’t lost a non-conference home game since Nov. 29, 2007, iced the game at the free throw line. Kansas State converted 22-of-33 free throws, which helped offset its abysmal 2-of-15 3-point shooting.

Spradling finished with 15 points and Shane Southwell added 11 for the Wildcats, who won their 18th straight season opener.

Saah Nimley had 13 points for the Buccaneers.

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Saah Nimley 34:00 6-17 0-4 1-1 3 2 5 2 2 0 6 0 13
Cedrick Bowen 20:00 3-7 0-0 2-3 4 2 6 0 4 0 0 1 8
Kelvin Martin 15:00 0-3 0-0 3-5 3 2 5 1 5 1 0 0 3
Mathiang Muo 34:00 1-10 1-6 5-6 2 1 3 1 2 1 3 0 8
Jeremy Sexton 37:00 6-15 3-7 4-4 2 5 7 2 1 1 3 0 19
Paul Gombwer 21:00 2-5 1-1 2-2 1 4 5 0 4 0 1 0 7
Greg Dorleus 5:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Sheldon Strickland 9:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 1 1 0 2
Chris Grier 6:00 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 1 4 0 0
Arlon Harper 19:00 2-5 1-2 2-2 0 4 4 1 5 5 4 0 7
Mitchell Deter 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-67 6-21 19-23 15 22 37 9 34 10 22 1 67
  31.3% 28.6% 82.6% Team Rebs: 11   Total TO: 22

Kansas St. Wildcats

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Thomas Gipson 16:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2
Jordan Henriquez 32:00 3-5 0-0 5-8 2 7 9 2 3 1 1 5 11
Martavious Irving 37:00 3-9 0-4 2-4 0 5 5 2 3 1 1 0 8
Rodney McGruder 34:00 8-15 0-3 4-8 6 5 11 2 3 1 4 0 20
Will Spradling 25:00 3-7 1-4 8-9 0 2 2 3 3 1 3 0 15
Victor Ojeleye 5:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Angel Rodriguez 14:00 2-5 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 0 5
Shane Southwell 32:00 4-11 0-2 3-4 2 2 4 2 0 1 3 0 11
Adrian Diaz 1:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Jones 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Omari Lawrence 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-56 2-16 22-33 13 22 35 12 19 6 19 7 72
  42.9% 12.5% 66.7% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 19
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