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Guard scores 19 against Jayhawks

November 29, 2001

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A man with a plan was Cedric Brooks.

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

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