Kansas State Men's Basketball Postgame Notes

December 11, 2008 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas State 74 (6-3), Southern Miss 55 (4-4)

 

Kansas State tied the all-time series against Southern Miss at 3-3 with the win and won its 99th game all-time in Kansas City on Thursday. The Wildcats are now 2-1 all-time in the Sprint Center, 2-0 during the regular season.

 

With the win, Kansas State moved to 438-232 all-time in the month of December, including having won 30 of its last 40 games during the month.  

 

The attendance at the Sprint Center on Thursday night was 6,054.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Thursday night was sophomore guard Jacob Pullen, junior guard Denis Clemente, sophomore forward Dominique Sutton, senior forward Darren Kent and junior forward Luis Coln... Kansas State has used the same starting lineup all nine games this season.

 

Kansas State finished the game with 19 team assists, the third-most this season in a game, and out-rebounded the Golden Eagles, 40-31, on the night. K-State committed 12 turnovers in the game, the third-fewest in a game this season.

 

The Wildcats blocked seven shots as a team on Thursday, the most since recording eight against Savannah State on January 7, 2008. Darren Kent led the way with a career-best three blocks, while Luis Colon added two.

 

Kansas State’s defense held Southern Miss to just 31.3-percent from the floor on 15-of-48 shooting, the lowest percentage for a Wildcat opponent and the lowest since holding Savannah State to 15.5-percent on January 7, 2008.

 

Luis Coln had a monster first half on Thursday as the junior matched a career high in points and rebounds in the first half alone as he recorded 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting and nine boards in the first 20 minutes. Colon went on to score a career-best 18 points (on 9-of-9 shooting) and grab a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Colon’s 9-of-9 night from the field was just two shy of the K-State single-game record of 11, set by Joe Wright and Eddie Elder, both in 1985.

 

Jacob Pullen also poured in 10 points in the first half on Thursday, giving him six double-digit scoring games this season and 23 for his career. Pullen went on to score 17 points with six rebounds and just two turnovers.

 

Darren Kent added 11 points on the night, including going 9-for-9 from the free throw line for his fourth double figure scoring game of the season and his fifth for his career. The nine free throws made tied a season-high for any K-State player and set a new record for Kent.

 

Dominique Sutton dished out a career-high six assists Thursday after collecting just four total in eight games this season.