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November 13, 2013

Wildcats top Golden Eagles

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Marcus Foster struggled in his college debut, right along with the rest of his Kansas State teammates, so Bruce Weber pulled him aside after a morning shoot-around Wednesday.

“I just told him, ‘Relax. Enjoy it. Worry about what you can control,”’ Weber recalled.

Once he hit his first basket, Foster certainly looked at ease.

He went on to hit four 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, helping the Wildcats bounce back from a humiliating loss to Northern Colorado with a 71-63 victory over Oral Roberts.

It was the most points scored by a Kansas State freshman since Michael Beasley had 25 against Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on March 4, 2008.

“Marcus is a good player. We were very fortunate to get him,” Weber said. “We kind of sat back, just laughing, when people didn’t have him in the top 100. We couldn’t figure it out.”

D.J. Johnson added 12 points and Will Spradling 10 for the Wildcats (1-1), who struggled early on against the Golden Eagles (1-1). They finally found their rhythm early in the second half, then made enough plays in the closing minutes to put them away.

Obi Emegano, a transfer from Western Illinois, scored 24 points to lead Oral Roberts. Utah transfer Shawn Glover scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half.

After a poor shooting performance against Northern Colorado, the Wildcats bounced back to shoot 50 percent from the field. They were paced by Foster, their star freshman, who was 9 of 12 and 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

“Give K-State credit, and give Marcus Foster credit,” Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. “He was terrific. He hit big shots all night long.”

There were once again plenty of whistles as the teams tried to adjust to more-stringent enforcement of hand-checking fouls. Kansas State and Oral Roberts were both in the bonus with more than 10 minutes left in the first half, and the double-bonus early in the second half.

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