Kansas State survived a shaky first half against Maryland Eastern Shore on Tuesday night, entering the half with just a 36-29 lead, to pull away in the second half en route to a 92-50 win by the Wildcats, who moved to 3-0 thanks to a 19-4 opening run in the second half of play.
K State was led in scoring by freshman Thomas Gipson, a 275-pound forward, with 13 points and senior Jamar Samuels finished with 11 points. Maryland Eastern Shore actually led 14-11 at one point. K-State head coach Frank Martin attributed the slow start to his players mental rust in the early season, speaking to the Kansas City Star:
"The problem with this team is that sometimes they put the brakes on," K-State coach Frank Martin said. "I told them at halftime that they weren’t getting to the ball, they weren’t getting rebounds. They needed to play with that same aggression I see in practice."
Tuesday night's game was the home debut for K-State this season, who returned from tournament play. Martin's team will break for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to play George Washington December 1.