Wildcats Hold Off Blue Hose

Jacob Pullen

Nov. 18, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jacob Pullen and the Kansas State Wildcats climbed to a victory Thursday night against The Blue Hose of Presbyterian 76-67 despite allowing Presbyterian to shoot 60 percent in the second half.

Martavious Irving hit Rodney McGruder in the corner for a 3-point field goal to give the Wildcats a nine-point advantage with 51 seconds left. Presbyterian followed with a two-point jump shot by Jake Troyli but Pullen sealed the deal with two free throws off of a Blue Hose foul for the victory.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by Jacob Pullen with 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Pullen moved into sixth all-time in scoring passing Cartier Martin with 1,554 total points. The senior added four assists and three steals in 32 minutes of play.

Four other Wildcats scored in double figures including McGruder with 13 on 5-of-10 shooting. Wally Judge, Jamar Samuels and Irving each contributed 10 points on the night.

Al’Lonzo Coleman tallied a double-double for Presbyterian with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting and five scores from the charity stripe, while pulling down 14 boards.

Victor Ojeleye provided a much needed spark coming off the bench with 9:35 remaining in the second half. Ojeleye got on the stat sheet just 27 seconds into his night with a bucket in the paint followed by a steal that eventually led to another score in the paint for Ottawa, Kan., native. Ten of Pullen’s 15 points came in the second slate including five scores from the free-throw line.

The Wildcats took a 14-point lead into halftime on an impressive 19-of-35 shooting for 54 percent. McGruder lead the way in the first frame with 10 points including 2-of-5 from 3-point range. The Wildcats tallied nine points off of eight Blue Hose  turnovers, while only turning the ball over once in the first 20 minutes.

K-State’s next action will be Monday in Kansas City for the semi-finals of the CBE Classic against No. 12 Gonzaga at 8:30 p.m. held at the Sprint Center. The Wildcats and the Bulldogs will follow the other semi-final matchup between No. 1 Duke and Marquette with the championship and consolation games played Tuesday night.