November 25, 2007

Gilbert pushes Wildcats past Rider

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Coming into Sunday's fourth-place game of the Old Spice Classic at Disney's Milk House arena, Kansas State forward Andre Gilbert had missed his first six 3-point attempts as a Wildcat and scored a total of 13 points in five games. Those numbers quickly changed in K-State's 82-69 victory over Rider.

Gilbert scored 22 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-point attempts. The transfer from Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.) College offered an unexpected scoring boost early in the game for the Wildcats, hitting three 3-pointers in the first 5:13 of the contest as K-State built a 17-6 advantage.

"It's a different kind of game than junior college basketball. It's going to take time," K-State coach Frank Martin said of Gilbert's adjustment to major college hoops. "Not everybody walks in as a first-year guy and does what Kevin Durant and Mike Beasley do. Everyone else has to go through an adjustment period, which he's going through. He's going to learn, and he's going to be fine."

K-State (5-1) needed every bit of offensive contribution possible as freshman Michael Beasley went through his first ho-hum effort as a Wildcat. Beasley finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman point guard Jacob Pullen contributed 19 points and five assists, and freshman Bill Walker scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

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