Jordan Henriquez recorded the first double-double of his career on Saturday. He registered career highs in points (19) and blocks (seven) while collecting 12 rebounds. And if he could, he’d give all those numbers back for a Kansas State win, something the Wildcats fell short of against Iowa State as they fell in defeat 65-61 at Bramlage Coliseum.
“It hurts,” Henriquez said. “At the end of the day I felt like I tried my best but came up short again.”
The 7-footer consistently protected the rim on Saturday as K-State (19-9, 8-8) outscored the Cyclones 34-18 on points in the paint.
“I couldn’t take him out of the game today,” K-State coach Frank Martin said. “We take a lead in the second half, I have to make some substitutions and all of a sudden we go from up six to down five because I have to make substitutions so guys can actually catch a breath and it’s unfortunate. But he’s protecting the rim, moving around, grabbing rebounds. He’s engaged.”
Henriquez, who now has 20 blocks in his last four games, only played three minutes in the first meeting against Iowa State, and in that game the Cyclones scored 32 points in the paint, 14 more than they did this time around.
“He is a difference-maker under the rim that makes it hard to get into the paint,” Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Jordan is a phenomenal player. His offensive game has really come on. He was big today with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. That is a heck of a stat line.”
And if Henriquez had gotten more help from his team, that stat line probably would have resulted in a win.
“Some of us came in with a completely different mentality after the Missouri game in practice and we did not have a good last couple days,” Henriquez said. “Those are the kind of mistakes that we have to fix as a team. It is kind of like seeing one guy do it and then everyone else starts to do it. It starts with the upperclassmen and the freshmen follow what we do. It all starts with leadership.”
Nothing to tweet about
Frank Martin banned the use of Twitter from his team last season, and he himself didn’t start using the social media network until this summer.
The K-State players have been allowed to use Twitter this season, and Martin saw some “tweets” following Tuesday’s win at Missouri that led him to believe his team may not be handling success very well.
“I’m on Twitter, not so much because I want people to read what I put on there,” Martin said. “I did it so I could learn what it’s about and I can learn about (my players) as people based on what they put out there, based on what their friends send them and how they communicate to them.
“I just told them I hope you guys get on Twitter and put all the nonsense you put after the Missouri game because we had guys who were putting stuff on Twitter before we were on the bus. About ‘these are for all the people that don’t believe in us.’ Just a bunch of nonsense. How’s that focusing on your team and what’s important
“So I just told them ‘I wonder if you guys are going to put anything on Twitter now to see if anyone out there is listening to your nonsense today.’”
•Iowa State has won twice in its last three trips to Manhattan. From 2002-09, the Cyclones had lost eight in a row at K-State.
• Angel Rodriguez scored 11 points and dished out a career-high eight assists on Saturday. The freshman point guard had just one turnover.
• K-State had a team-high seven blocks to break their Big 12 Conference record.
• Rodney McGruder joined Henriquez with a double-double, scoring 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds. The rest of K-State’s team collected just 12 boards.