Jacob Pullen made his 241st three-pointer to become the top outside shooter in K-State history, Freddy Asprilla played his finest game of the season and Kansas State easily defeated Emporia State 85-61 in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd at Bramlage Coliseum.
You know all that by now, so instead of looking back at a game against a Division II opponent, let’s examine coach Frank Martin’s bizarre postgame rant about former standout Michael Beasley and the Miami Heat.
“It’s Michael Beasley’s fault,” Martin said. “That’s what the Miami Heat said for two years. I just thought maybe it would work for us. That’s what I heard for the last two years, that it’s Beasley’s fault. So maybe it’s his fault that we’re not very good right now. Poor Michael Beasley. It’s his fault that we’re not very good defensively right now. He forgot his rotations again today.”
That sarcasm-filled answer came in response to a question about the leadership of K-State’s veteran players. It was so random that Martin chuckled when he was done.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he said.
Martin has been in a good mood after each win this season, and Monday night was no different. He is joking with the media more this year, and he isn’t afraid to pay respect to his former players.
He’s already referenced Luis Colon, Denis Clemente, Bill Walker and Beasley this year.
When later asked about Asprilla’s game, he ended his answer by saying: “For a guy that didn’t play basketball last year, it’s not Michael Beasley’s fault.”
This, of course, led a reporter to ask Martin if he had any ideas on improving the Heat’s lackluster start to the season. The sarcasm continued.
“I don’t coach them,” Martin said. “I’ve got no clue. But obviously Beasley poisoned that franchise.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jacob Pullen. The senior guard scored a season-high 26 points and dished out five assists to go along with three steals. He looked like his old self out there, effortlessly making outside shots.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Curtis Kelly made a nice steal in the second half and turned it into a highlight dunk.
THAT WAS SWEET: Freddy Asprilla not only recorded a fabulous statistical game (17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks) he also looked energized for the first time in a K-State uniform. He pumped his fist and showed emotion after made shots, and wasn’t afraid to run and defend on the perimeter late in the game.
WHAT A DOWNER: Nick Russell was practically invisible. After starting the game, he lasted six minutes on the court. His stats: one turnover and a missed three-pointer.
NEXT UP: K-State travels to Washington State for a Big 12/Pac 10 game on Friday. The Wildcats are a much better team than the Cougars, but K-State will have to handle a long trip and late tip time.
SAY WHAT? “He has the feel of a young Shaq.” — Pullen on Asprilla.