Brown’s double-double, Xavier’s defense beat Kansas State 103-77
CINCINNATI (AP)—Derrick Brown had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third career double-double on Monday night, and Xavier’s unrelenting defense set up a 103-77 victory over Kansas State at a downtown arena.
Xavier (10-3) opened the game with a 14-point run and never let Kansas State (9-4) get into a flow. It was the Wildcats’ most lopsided loss of the season and the most points they’d allowed since a 103-68 loss to Kansas on Feb. 27, 2002.
The Musketeers had a stunning seven players in double figures, the ninth time this season that at least four have scored 10 or more. Point guard Drew Lavender led with 21 overall as Xavier had its highest point total since a 108-57 win over Long Island on Dec. 8, 2001.
Bill Walker scored a career-high 31 for Kansas State and Fred Brown added a career-high 25, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with Xavier’s balance.
It was the second in a three-game series set up when former Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins went to Kansas State. The Musketeers won 76-66 at the downtown arena last season, and will visit Kansas next season.
Last season’s game was a novelty, with hundreds of Huggins fans showing up in purple shirts to support the coach. He bolted for West Virginia after last season, and the rematch on Monday night had far less interest.
One Xavier fan held up a sign that said: “I Came To See Huggins.”
Instead, the attraction was to see how Kansas State’s two fabulous freshmen would handle Xavier’s tenacious defense.
Walker fizzled in his Cincinnati homecoming last season, going 4-for-14 for eight points. Walker joined Huggins at Kansas State after helping suburban North College Hill win the Ohio prep title, but tore a knee ligament after only six games.
His sidekick is 6-foot-10 freshman Michael Beasley, who was averaging 25.8 points and had 12 consecutive double-doubles in his budding college career.
In the opening minutes, they played like raw freshmen.
Beasley had a charge, missed a shot and was called for traveling on Kansas State’s first three possessions. Walker then missed back-to-back shots, helping Xavier get up and running.
Kansas State was only 3-of-17 with eight turnovers in the opening 13 minutes against a defense coming off its stingiest performance in 26 years. Xavier beat Delaware State 65-33 on Saturday.
By the time Kansas State got its composure, Xavier led 30-7. The Wildcats never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Beasley didn’t make a shot from the field until the final minute. He finished 1-of-6 from the field with five points, a season low.