The Kansas State basketball team is looking forward to playing three games at the Maui Invitational this week, but it will stay within the contiguous 48 states for early season tournaments in future seasons.
Branford Jones scored 14 points off the bench and David Samuels had a double-double as the Long Beach State 49ers collected a 69-60 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats in non-conference action at Walter Pyramid.
Kansas State has played nine football games this season. Of those nine games, four were slated for Saturday evening, four were scheduled for Saturday morning and one was played on a Thursday night. The Wildcats have played at nearly every time available, with one obvious omission: Saturday afternoon.
One game into the season, the Wildcats have good reason to be excited about their top two ballhandlers. Nigel Johnson, a sophomore with shooting touch, opened the year with a career-high 18 points and five assists against Southern Utah. Jevon Thomas, a pass-first sophomore, had eight points and five assists.