Kansas State Too Strong for Titans

Nov. 30, 2005

Box Score

Manhattan, Kansas - Lance Harris scored 19 points and Cartier Martin had 17 points and 6 rebounds Wednesday night to lead Kansas State to an easy 84-59 non-conference men's basketball victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton.

The Wildcats improved to 4-0 with their fourth successive double-digit home win while the Titans lost for the first time after three victories. Vershan Cottrell came off the bench to lead Fullerton with a career-high 15 points, easily surpassing his previous best of 6 points. Bobby Brown added 14 points but made only 6 of 21 shots.

Jamaal Brown led all rebounders with 11 but managed only 9 points, getting only 5 shots. Both he and Justin Burns (2 points, 4 rebounds) fouled out after the outcome was already decided.

After Fullerton jumped out to an 8-4 lead, the Wildcats went on a 14-0 to build a double-digit lead that never was really threatened. Fullerton cut the margin to 5 points briefly at 33-28 after unanswered buckets by Cottrell and Bobby Brown but the Wildcats scored the final 5 points of the half for a 38-28 lead at intermission.

A 13-5 surge by Kansas State opened the second half and a 51-33 lead and the Titans never got closer than 14 points. The biggest deficit was 28 points. Curtis Battles scored 7 points and got one rebound in the final 2 minutes for the only bright spot other than Cottrell's play.

"They were way better than us and they took it to us," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton. "We've got to get better defensively and execute offensively. We were awful from the beginning. We weren't playing good defense and they were and we were hitting tough shots and they were getting easy ones. As a coach, you that's a bad sign."

The margin of defeat was Fullerton's largest since an 87-61 loss at Utah State on Feb. 21, 2004. Fullerton committed 14 turnovers to 9 for KSU and was outrebounded, 42-31.

Fullerton played without reserve point guard John Clemmons, who developed stomach flu in the morning and missed the mid-day practice. Cottrell was pressed into action at point guard to give Bobby Brown a little rest.

After hitting 5 of 15 3-point field goals in the first half to stay within range, the Titans made only 1 of 12 in the second half to finish at 22 percent (6 of 27). Jamaal Brown had zero field goal attempts in the first half but erupted for 8 second-half points before fouling out with 3:28 to play. Burns fouled out at 6:45.

Kansas State has won 28 of its last 30 home non-conference games. It plays its first road game Saturday at Washington State. Fullerton is idle until facing Chicago State in the opening game of the USF Invitational on Dec.9 at the University of San Francisco Invitational.