November 24, 2007

GPC Video: K-State reserves to the rescue

Darren Kent and Chris Merriewether to the rescue. With Coach Frank Martin's Kansas State Wildcats shorthanded Friday night against Central Florida in the losers' bracket semifinals at the Old Spice Classic, two reserves came roaring off the bench to help the Wildcats beat the Golden Knights 73-71 in overtime at the Old Spice Classic.

Martin's team took the court with starting forward Bill Walker on the bench after aggravating his surgically repaired knee in Thursday's opening-round loss to George Mason and with center Luis Colon at his hotel room suffering from flu symptoms. With senior forward David Hoskins already on the bench with an injured knee, the Cats could not win with Michael Beasley alone.

Kent, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, played a significant role on both ends of the floor, including hitting a crucial 3-pointer in overtime. The little-used Merriewether, a 6-foot-4 sophomore walk-on from Jacksonville, Fla., was called upon to give K-State a defensive boost. They were far from the only heroes in the game, but because of their efforts, the Wildcats will play Rider for fourth-place in the event at approximately 12:30 p.m. (Central) Sunday.

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