MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Fred Peete scored 25 points and Jeremiah
Massey added 20 as Kansas State beat Division II Central Missouri
State 80-58 on Monday night.
Massey left the game with an injury with about seven minutes
left in the game, with Kansas State leading 64-51.
Massey was hurt when he fell hard after missing a short
jumpshot. He grabbed his right ankle and was helped to the bench,
where medical staff helped him. It was not clear if Massey, Kansas
State's leading scorer and rebounder, would be able to play when
the Wildcats open their Big 12 season at Nebraska on Saturday.
Kansas State outscored the Mules (9-2) 16-7 after Massey's
Peete scored 14 points in the second half, including a pair of
free throws that lifted the Wildcats to 76-53 cushion with 2:53
Kansas State led 34-31 at halftime on just 39.4 percent
(13-of-33) shooting from the floor, with Peete and Massey combining
for 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
Central Missouri State, meanwhile, made 43.3 percent (13-of-30)
of its shots in the first half as it outscored Kansas State 14-10
in the paint.
But the Wildcats, who shot 50 percent (31-of-62) from the floor
and outrebounded the Mules 36-24, were able to maintain a
double-digit lead in the last 13 minutes of the game.
Central Missouri State shot just 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from
the floor, including just 28.1 percent (9-of-32) in the final 20
Sean Key led Central Missouri State with 14 points and 10
The Wildcats (10-1) are off to their best start in 11 years, and
the Mules are off to their best start since 1995. Kansas State head
coach Jim Wooldridge coached the Mules from 1985-91.