Postgame Notes

Kansas State moves to 6-7 all-time in the NIT and 33-34 in postseason contests... K-State is now 2-0 versus Illinois State in the all-time series (Won 87-86 in OT on 12/19/86 at Music City Invitational in Nashville)... With the victory the Wildcats finish with a 16-4 home record.

 

The Wildcats’ starting line-up included sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, junior guard Denis Clemente, sophomore forward Dominique Sutton, senior forward Darren Kent and junior forward Luis Coln... The Wildcats have used this line-up in 28 of their 33 games this season... K-State now has a 18-9 record with this line-up... Pullen has the longest active games played streak, seeing time in all 65 games in his career... He also has the longest active starting streak, along with Coln, at 33 consecutive games.

 

K-State is now 3-0 in overtime games this season and 64-36 all time... It was the fifth overtime game in postseason history, first time since 1987 NCAA Tournament First Round win against Georgia, 82-79.

 

Sophomore Jacob Pullen tallied a new career high and led the Wildcats in scoring with 32 points... He shot 6-of-13 from three point range and had four assists... It is the second straight game that Pullen has led the Wildcats and the 22nd game in double figures... He now has scored 20 plus points eight times this season.

 

Sophomore Dominique Sutton provided nine points and a career high 12 rebounds... Sutton had a game tying tip-in at the end of regulation and had two blocks in the overtime frame.

 

Junior Denis Clemente added five points in the contest... He also dished out a career high 10 assists.

 

Darren Kent was the leading scorer at the half with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting... The senior finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, in his final game at Bramlage.

 

Junior Buchi Awaji provided seven bench points... Hit a three with 6:38 left in the second half giving the Wildcats their first in that half... He played 14 minutes.

 

Illinois State grabbed a one point lead at the 9:30 mark in the first half after a three-pointer by junior Osiris Eldridge... The lead was quickly taken back by the Wildcats with a pair of free throws by senior Darren Kent... Illinois State outscored the 18-16 from that point on to take a 32-31 lead at the half.

 

The Wildcats won for the first time when trailing with 5:00 remaining in regulation... They were previously 0-11, in such game this season.

 

The Wildcats were outrebounded 45-43... K-State is now 4-3 when out-rebounded by its opponent.