Advertisement

Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2001

Gorillas’ Brooks not cowed

Guard scores 19 against Jayhawks; PSU’s Stanley struggles

November 29, 2001

Advertisement

A man with a plan was Cedric Brooks.

Pittsburg State's junior guard wasn't going to be intimidated by Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Jeff Boschee, right, swipes the ball from Pitt State's Ryan
Odaffer. Boschee had a career-best five steals in KU's rout of the
Gorillas on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Jeff Boschee, right, swipes the ball from Pitt State's Ryan Odaffer. Boschee had a career-best five steals in KU's rout of the Gorillas on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

"I decided to play them like they were Washburn or somebody," Brooks said.

But the Jayhawks weren't Washburn.

"Yeah, it was different," said Brooks who scored a team-high 19 points for the Gorillas in Wednesday night's 105-62 Kansas walk around the zoo.

"Coach said their best offense was the fast break and sure enough it happened," Brooks continued. "We didn't get back."

During a four-minute stretch starting about midway through the first half, the Jayhawks put on a transition clinic, outscoring the Gorillas 19-0 while turning a 23-13 lead into a 42-13 no-doubter.

"They got us playing faster than we could play," PSU coach Gene Iba said. "We turned it over and didn't get back. Kansas is a very difficult team to play on the open floor. You want to keep them in the halfcourt."

The NCAA Div. II Gorillas didn't have the speed nor the athleticism to prevent the Jayhawks from turning the game into a track meet.

"You can't beat them in transition," Iba said. "I think if I played Kansas tomorrow and I had a Division One team I'd send four guys back on defense."

It's also tough to compete when your leading scorer is having a bad night.

Dan Stanley, a 6-foot-5 senior from Webb City, Mo., had led Pitt State to a 3-1 start by averaging 16.8 points a game. On Wednesday night, Stanley had more turnovers (nine) than points (seven) and suffered the ignominy of fouling out with more than 15 minutes remaining.

Stanley was whistled for his fourth foul on the offensive end with 15:24 on the clock. Eleven seconds later, Stanley whacked KU's Kirk Hinrich under the basket and he was history.

"That was a mistake on my part," Iba said. "I thought the fourth foul was terrible and on the way down the floor I didn't get him out. So that was my fault."

Actually, it was Stanley's fault, too, for committing that fifth foul in reaction to the whistle moments earlier he thought was unfair.

"Yeah, that last one was a foul," Stanley said. "I was frustrated because that fourth foul was pretty pathetic."

Still, Stanley fouling out didn't cost the Gorillas a victory. Pitt State was overmatched and everyone knew it.

"The difference between this and Division Two, the way I see it," Stanley said, "is size and quickness. It's hard to pass the ball against them because of their size and quickness. We hung with them for a little while, but they forced the issue, and when they make mistakes they were athletic enough to make up for it."

For his part, Iba said he likes the Jayhawks' new three-guard offense, but the veteran Pitt State coach wasn't sure Kansas brought its A-game.

"In all fairness to Kansas, when you're playing a Division Two school it's hard to get motivated," Iba said. "But when they needed to do things, they did them well."



PITT STATE (62) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Jai Pradia 26 3-8 1-3 2-7 2 7
Max Ruark 27 2-6 3-4 2-7 2 7
Dan Stanley 18 3-8 1-1 3-3 5 7
Kurtis Howey 22 0-4 0-0 0-2 3 0
Cedric Brooks 30 6-13 3-4 0-5 0 19
Oliver Vogt 10 4-4 2-2 0-0 1 10
Ryan Odaffer 16 1-6 1-1 0-0 2 3
Tommy Vosseler 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 3
Mitch Carlson 15 1-3 0-0 2-3 2 2
Wes Thornton 12 1-2 1-2 1-1 3 3
Jeff Willms 9 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 1
Josh McAnally 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0
Team 2-3
Totals 22-58 13-19 12-32 23 62
Three-point goals: 5-24 (Brooks 4-10, Vosseler 1-1, Pradia 0-1, McAnally 0-1, Carlson 0-1, Stanley 0-3, Howey 0-3, Odaffer 0-4). Assists: 15 (Carlson 3, Thornton 3, Pradia 2, Brooks 2, Vosseler 2, Stanley, Howey, Odaffer). Turnovers: 30 (Stanley 9, Brooks 6, Odaffer 4, Pradia 3, Howey 3, Ruark 2, Vosseler, McAnally, team). Blocked shots: 4 (Ruark 2, Pradia, Vosseler). Steals: 9 (Brooks 3, Ruark 2, Stanley, Howey, Willms, Vosseler).
KANSAS (105) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
m-a m-a o-t
Drew Gooden 27 12-20 2-3 3-13 2 26
Nick Collison 18 5-7 0-1 2-5 5 10
Kirk Hinrich 26 6-8 3-3 0-0 1 18
Jeff Boschee 24 5-11 0-0 1-6 1 12
Aaron Miles 24 4-6 0-1 0-2 2 9
Keith Langford 19 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 4
Bryant Nash 14 2-3 4-6 2-4 2 8
Jeff Carey 18 1-2 6-7 1-3 5 8
Michael Lee 9 3-3 0-0 0-0 0 7
Chris Zerbe 7 0-0 3-4 1-2 1 3
Brett Ballard 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0
Lewis Harrison 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0
Todd Kappelmann 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0
Team 2-4
Totals 40-67 18-25 13-42 22 105
Three-point goals: 7-14 (Hinrich 3-5, Boschee 2-5, Lee 1-1, Miles 1-1, Harrison 0-1, Ballard 0-1). Assists: 20 (Langford 5, Hinrich 4, Miles 3, Boschee 3, Gooden, Collison, Ballard, Nash, Carey). Turnovers: 20 (Miles 5, Langford 3, Gooden 2, Hinrich 2, Carey 2, Collison, Boschee, Ballard, Nash, Lee, team). Blocked shots: 5 (Gooden, Hinrich, Langford, Nash, Carey). Steals: 21 (Boschee 5, Miles 4, Gooden 3, Ballard 3, Collison, Hinrich, Langford, Nash, Lee, Zerbe).
Pittsburg State 28 34 62
Kansas 52 53 105

Commenting has been disabled for this item.