Buffaloes Outlast Wildcats

Jacob Pullen

Jan. 12, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jacob Pullen’s game-high 22 points were not enough for Kansas State to top Colorado as the Buffaloes moved to 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play with a 74-66 victory over the Wildcats. K-State moved to 12-5 overall and 0-2 in conference play in front of a sold out Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night.

K-State jumped out to a 19-9 lead with 10:46 in the first half on a jumper by Freddy Asprilla. Colorado slowly made it a back-and-forth game before eventually tying it up at 24-24 with a pair of free throws by Alec Burks with 5:23 remaining in the half. From there the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run with Martavious Irving knocking down one of two 3-pointers in the first half, giving K-State a 31-24 advantage. Colorado held the Wildcats to just two points for the remaining 3:54 and tied the game up at 33-all with a dunk from Marcus Relphorde to go into the locker room.

Colorado claimed the lead out of the break with 16:45 on the clock and never surrendered it from that point and led by as many as 11 during the second half. Rodney McGruder hit a trey from the corner to cut the lead to eight but the Buffaloes’ Levi Knutson answered nearly every Wildcat run with a 3-pointer. Knutson was 6-of-8 from long range including 4-of-4 in the second half.

Jamar Samuels put in a layup with 5:16 left to cut the Buffalo lead to just one at 63-62, but Knutson connected again on the very next possession to extend the lead back to four points. The Buffaloes sealed the victory from the line in the closing minutes.

Knutson led the Buffalos with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Relphorde and Burks each added 12 to give Colorado three players in double figures.

Pullen was the only option for the Wildcats in the second half scoring 14 of his 22 points in the second period. He was 7-of-16 from the field including 1-of-6 from 3-point land. Pullen added seven free throws, six assists and four steals to the stat sheet. With his four steals he moves within striking distance of Steve Henson for most career steals in K-State history. Pullen now has 187 assists and trails Henson by just three.

Irving threw in 12 points from the bench to tie his career-high for K-State on 4-of-8 shooting in 26 minutes. McGruder also chipped in 12 points to go along with five rebounds.

The Wildcats were out-rebounded in the contest 38-29. It is just the third time this season K-State has been out-rebounded by its opponent.

K-State will continue conference play Saturday against Texas Tech at 12:30 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network.