KSU clobbers Missouri behind 40 from Beasley

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Michael Beasley's achievements on the court do not surprise Kansas State coach Frank Martin.

Even the freshman forward's 40 points and 17 rebounds during Kansas State's (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) 100-63 rout of Missouri on Saturday didn't come as much of a shock.

"When you guys asked me back in September, I said he was very good," Martin said. "And when I went out and told people that in high school I thought he was a better player than Kevin Durant in high school, everyone thought I was nuts.

"Now everybody has got to watch him as much as I was watching him before, so everyone is kind of getting an understanding that he's pretty good."

Beasley leads the nation in rebounding, is fourth in scoring and is one double-double shy of tying Carmelo Anthony's NCAA freshman record of 22. It was Beasley's second 40-point game and ninth with at least 30 points. He shot 12-of-22 from the field and 14-of-15 from the free throw line.

"I missed 10 shots," said Beasley, shrugging off his stats. "I could've done better."

Bill Walker added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (18-6, 8-2 Big 12), who shot 53 percent in the first half to cruise to a 52-31 halftime lead.

Beasley and Walker -- the highest-scoring tandem in the Big 12 -- accounted for 37 of the 52 first-half points, which was the highest-scoring half for the Wildcats all season.

"They don't like to lose," Martin said of the duo. "You should have seen our practices the last two days. They didn't come here to lose."


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