Pullen Paces Wildcats in Return

Jacob Pullen

Jan. 3, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – In his return from a three-game suspension, Jacob Pullen was nearly perfect leading all scorers with 24 points. Pullen shot 9-of-11 from the floor to boost K-State over Savannah State 92-61 on Monday night. The Wildcats won their third straight and moved to 12-3 on the season in front of 9,831 in attendance at Bramlage Coliseum in the nonconference finale.

Pullen scored 19 points in the first half on 7-of-8 shooting including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Rodney McGruder hit Pullen in the corner for his second trey of the half to stretch K-State to its biggest lead of the half, 34-25 with 5:23 remaining. Of K-State’s 16 field goals in the first half, 12 came from assists while only turning the ball over five times. The Tigers turned the ball over with four seconds remaining in the half and coach Frank Martin drew up a coast-to-coast play that resulted in Pullen hitting a layup at the buzzer giving the Wildcats a 46-35 lead heading into the locker room.

Wally Judge put up impressive numbers for the third straight game with his second double-double in the last three contests. Judge went for 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting and a career-high 14 rebounds. The sophomore has averaged a double-double over the last three games with 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds.

Judge paced the Wildcats in the second half with 10 points and eight boards. K-State went on an 18-5 run over a span of nearly six minutes to lead 74-50 with 10:43 left on the clock. Pullen left no doubt with 7:00 remaining with a jumper in the lane to equal the largest lead of the game, 85-53.

Pullen’s 9-of-11 shooting was the highest percentage (80.1) of his career. The senior dished out five assists in 30 minutes of play as well. The Wildcats recorded 22 assists in the ballgame giving them 20 plus assists the last three games.

K-State had four players with double figure points in the victory. McGruder finished with 15 and Jamar Samuels chipped in 11 to go along with Pullen and Judge. It is the fifth time this season that four or more Wildcats have scored in double figures, making them 4-1 on the season in those contests.

The Wildcats continued to show improvement from the free-throw line going 21-of-31 for 67.7 percent. Juevol Miles was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line and finished with five points off the bench.

K-State concluded non-conference play with 12 wins and will begin Big 12 Conference play Saturday at noon against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. The game will be televised on ESPN2.