MANHATTAN, Kan. – Freshman forward Michael Beasley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season on Wednesday after recording a freshman school-record high 40 points in a 90-48 win over Winston-Salem State on Dec. 22.
Beasley is the first Kansas State player to earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors twice in a season since David Hoskins did it twice during the 2005-06 season. He became the first Wildcat to win the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week award since 2005 on Nov. 12 when he averaged 31.0 points and 19.0 rebounds in wins over Sacramento State and Pittsburg State to start the season.
Beasley posted a career night against Winston-Salem State, as he collected a career-high 40 points on 14-of-22 field goals, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, with 15 points, three blocks, one assist and one steal in just 23 minutes of action. He scored 28 of his 40 points in the second half after connecting on 11-of-14 (.786) field goals, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, with nine rebounds and three blocks. Beasley scored 24 of Kansas State’s first 29 points of the second half. He also ran his double-double streak to 11 consecutive games dating back to the opener against Sacramento State.
The 40 points are the most by a Wildcat since Askia Jones tallied a school-record 62 points against Fresno State in the second round of the Postseason NIT on March 24, 1994. He is the ninth Wildcat in school history to record a 40-point game, while his 40-point effort ties Mike Evans (40 vs. Colorado, 1/15/77) for the eighth-highest scoring total in a single game. In addition, the 40 points are the most-ever by a freshman in a single contest, surpassing the 39 scored by Norris Coleman against Colorado on Jan. 18, 1986.
With his 40-point performance, Beasley now has notched five contests of 30 or more points this season, which ranks fourth all-time at Kansas State for a single-season. He now just trails Bob Boozer (7, 1958-59), Norris Coleman (7, 1985-86) and Mitch Richmond (6, 1987-88) for the most in a single year. Beasley also ties Askia Jones (1989-94), Dick Knostman (1950-53) and Curtis Redding (1976-78) for the fifth-most 30-point games in a career. Boozer is the all-time leader with 10.
The former No. 1 high school recruit continues to impress this season, as he is averaging 26.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting (109-of-191), including 40.7 percent from 3-point range, with 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 26.3 minutes per game this season. As of Dec. 16, he ranked among the top-6 in the nation in both scoring (sixth) and rebounding (first).
The Wildcats (8-3) return to action on Saturday when the Wildcats play host to Wagner (8-3) at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 1 p.m. CT.