Kansas State crushes No. 10 A&M

January 19, 2008 3:52:06 PM PST
Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Bill Walker added 19 for Kansas State, which broke a close game open in the second half and went on to beat No. 10 Texas A&M 75-54 on Saturday. The win gave the Wildcats (12-4, 2-0 Big 12) their first 2-0 start to a conference season in 15 years.

It was the second road loss this week for the Aggies (15-3, 1-2), who made only two of their first 15 shots in the second half and dropped to 0-3 in true road games.

Walker and Beasley, Kansas State's standout freshmen, both played most of the second half with three fouls but led the getaway run as the Wildcats shot 52 percent against a defense that had been allowing opponents only 37 percent from the field.

After Joseph Jones hit two free throws to bring the Aggies within 41-39, Beasley returned from the bench and hit a quick basket. Clent Stewart scored five points on consecutive possessions, Walker then scored five straight points and Jacob Pullen, another member of Kansas State's impressive freshman class, hit a runner to give Kansas State a 54-42 lead.

Jones scored inside and converted it into a three-point play on the first field goal in almost 11 minutes for A&M. Then Beasley heated up, drilling two 15-footers in a 10-point spurt.

Josh Carter had 13 points for the Aggies while Jones had 12 and Donald Sloan 10.

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