By Mark Janssen
How fast can a team score 10 points? K-State went for the world record Saturday dashing Oklahoma's run to get back in the game by scoring 10 points in a span of ... get this ... 44 seconds.
In a 77-62 Wildcat victory in Bramlage Coliseum Saturday, Oklahoma closed the difference to five, 55-50, when Carl Blair of the Sooners was tooted for a technical foul.
Playing coy, K-State's Jamar Samuels would only say, "It was so loud in the gym I couldn't understand what he was saying."
Whatever Blair's words or actions were, it ignited a 10-point Wildcat surge that covered just 44 seconds.
• 5:51 - Jacob Pullen netted two free throws on a technical foul
• 5:36 - Rodney McGruder fires in a trey
• 5:16 - Pullen grabbed a steal and scored on a lay-in
• 5:07 - Pullen drains a 3-ball
"It had a huge affect," said OU coach Jeff Capel. "It is a five-point game and they had not scored in a while, so it had a huge affect."
Pullen, who authored 27 points, would add another trey and Will Spradling a free throw to complete the 14-0 Wildcat surge that put the game away.
It was an overall game as Pullen said, "We made plays when we needed to. I'm not sure what ignited that play, but it allowed us to get some easy buckets. It really put us on a run to close out the game."
Outside of a brief span early in the second half, coach Frank Martin was full of praise for his Wildcats on offense.
"We buckled in and executed. We didn't score junk baskets, we scored because of our offense," said Martin. "They weren't broken plays, we remained disciplined and scored through our offense."
While the fire and brimstone feel wasn't as evident as it was on Monday when K-State defeated Kansas by 16 points, this one counts an equal amount in the win column and puts the Wildcats at 6-6 and within a game of being among the top four teams in the league.
To that, however, Pullen said, "We're just taking them one game at a time."
After opening the Big 12 year 1-4, K-State now has a 5-2 mark in its last seven games.
"As a team we've found our identity and people are understanding their roles of what to do every night," said Pullen, who has scored 65 points in the last two games. "Plus the ball is going through the net for us."
PULLEN REPORT: Jacob Pullen has now played in an all-time record of 128 K-State games, which is one more than Steve Henson.
With Pullen's game of 27 points, two rebounds, three assists and five steals, the Wildcat senior is the first in KSU history to score at least 1,800 points, plus collect at least 400 assists, 300 rebounds and 200 steals.
After a nine-point first half, Pullen caught fire in the second half with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
In the last two games, Pullen has scored 65 points, which includes 23-of-27 free throws.
"I'm glad he's on my team," said Jamar Samuels of his senior teammate. "If he was on any other team, I'd have fits."
STAR OF THE GAME: Yes, Jacob Pullen netted 27 points, but it was Rodney McGruder with 20 who seemed to hit pivotal treys each and every time the Sooners pretended to make it a game.
McGruder swished 5-of-7 from afar and 6-of-10 overall for his second 20-point game of the year. He had 24 earlier in the year against UMKC.
"Jacob told me before the game to just stay true to my shot and keep shooting it," said McGruder. "He said that good shooters miss shots, but they have to keep shooting and that is what I did."
20-20: It marked only the third time this year that K-State has had a pair of 20-point scorers.
Against North Florida, Jamar Samuels had 26 and Wally Judge 22; against Texas Tech, Jacob Pullen had 21 and Samuels 22; and against Oklahoma, Pullen netted 27 and McGruder 20.
STAT OF THE GAME: Scoring by 3s helps as the Wildcats had five treys in the first half, and added another five in the second as they hit on .526 from long range.
It marks the second straight game of at least 50 percent shooting from long distance as K-State hit 50 percent - 6-of-12 - against Kansas. And, it's three out of four games of at least 50 percent as the Wildcats were true on .519 - 14-of-27 - against Iowa State.
• K-State went 19-of-21 from the foul line ... .905.
• K-State out-scored OU 21-12 in points off turnovers, and 16-6 in fastbreak points.
• Three times in the game the Wildcats had runs of at least nine unanswered points.
• Shane Southwell had a career-high of six rebounds, plus led the team in assists with five.
HULA TIME: Kansas State will be participating in an in-season tournament in Hawaii for the third time in its history in 2011, as the school has been selected to play in the third annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic to be held December 22-25, 2011, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. K-State takes the place of Texas A&M, which was previously announced as a participant in the 2011 event. The Aggies have moved back their appearance in the event to 2013. The tournament also replaces the Wildcats' previously-announced participation in the Cancun Governor's Cup set for Cancun, Mexico.
The eight-team field will include K-State, Clemson, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Xavier, Texas-El Paso, along with two additional teams to be announced at a later date.
The bracket-format tournament will feature 12 games over three days from Thurs.-Fri., Dec. 22-23 and Sunday, Dec. 25.
MARTIN TO GO ON DL: Frank Martin has gimped around for six weeks and has had all he can stand. He plans to have surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee on March 1, which is the day after the Wildcats play at Texas on "Big Monday."
The Wildcat coach will be back on the bench on Saturday, March 5, for the regular-season finale against Iowa State.
SALUTING VICTOR: K-State's Victor Ojeleye was named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team this week. It marked his second straight award.
First team members must have a 3.2 GPA in the classroom.
NEXT WEEK: K-State will travel to Nebraska on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tipoff on ESPNU, followed by an 11 a.m. tipoff on Saturday against Missouri on ESPN.