Wildcats Run Past Sooners, 77-62

Curtis Kelly

Feb. 19, 2011

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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior Jacob Pullen and sophomore Rodney McGruder combined for 47 points, as Kansas State won its fourth game in five tries with a 77-62 win over Oklahoma before a sold-out crowd at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Kansas State moved to 18-9 overall and evened its Big 12 mark to 6-6, while Oklahoma dropped to 12-14 overall and 4-8 in league play with the loss.  The Wildcats moved to 14-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.

Pullen, coming off of a career-best 38 points in the win over top-ranked Kansas on Monday, continued his hot streak with 27 points on 8-of-18 field goals. He went 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 from the free throw line, and also pulled down two rebounds, dished three assists and added five steals.  In two games this week, he averaged 32.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting, 66.7 percent from 3-point range, with 4.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per game.

The Maywood, Ill., native became the first Wildcat with 1,800 points, 400 assists, 300 rebounds and 200 steals in a career.

McGruder added 20 points on 6-of-10 field goals, including a 5-of-7 effort from 3-point range, to go with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes.  It marked his second 20-point game of the season, including his first in Big 12 play.  He was just four points shy of his career-high of 24 set against UMKC on Dec. 31.  It was also the third time he has hit five or more treys in a game. 

The Wildcats connected on 45.3 percent from the field, including 52.6 percent from 3-point range, while they converted on a season-best 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the free throw line.  The team totaled 10 3-point field goals, marking the seventh time this season they have posted double-digit treys. 

Oklahoma was unable to get into a rhythm and could not stop the K-State scoring attack. The Wildcats had three runs in the game that buried Oklahoma. In the first half, the Wildcats had a 13-0 run that spanned more than four minutes from the 11:35 mark to the 7:13 mark. The Wildcats followed that run with another at the end of the half as a 9-0 spurt sent the 'Cats to the locker room up, 39-24.

K-State's last run came between the 6:18 and 2:54 marks in the second half, as the Wildcats capped off a 14-0 spurt to put the game out of reach at 69-50.

Oklahoma senior guard Cade Davis did all he could to try and spark a comeback for the Sooners. Davis, who had 21 points, went 8-of-9 from the field, 4-of-5 from 3-point range and hit his only free throw. He also contributed seven rebounds and two assists. Foul trouble sidelined Davis over a five-minute span in the second half, as he picked us his fourth foul with 10:18 remaining and did not return until 5:15 remained in the game.

Andrew Fitzgerald and Carl Blair both added 10 points for the Sooners.

Oklahoma was plagued with foul trouble in the second half, as the Sooners had three players with four or more fouls and three players with two or more fouls. The Sooners were also unable to find success from beyond the 3-point line to match K-State's 52.6 percent, as they went 2-of-5 in the first half and 5-of-13 in the second half.

A game-changing stretch occurred between the 5:52 and 4:20 marks in the second half when Blair was called for a technical foul with K-State leading 55-50. After Pullen connected on two free throws to put the Wildcats up 57-50 McGruder drained a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 60-50 to build the lead back into double digits.

K-State hits the road on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Lincoln to take on Nebraska (18-8, 6-6 Big 12) at the Devaney Sports Center at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.