Wildcats Reign Over Bulldogs

Will Spradling

Nov. 22, 2010

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats traveled the shortest distance to get to the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, but they hit the longest shots to get the win over the No. 22 Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. K-State rained 12 3-pointers on Gonzaga en route to an 81-64 win Monday night.

The Wildcats (4-0) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead thanks to a 3-pointer from Rodney McGruder and a layup by Wally Judge on the break. That lead would build to as many as 17 points in the first half thanks to an impressive shooting display by K-State from beyond the arc.

Gonzaga (2-2) caught K-State napping a few times for quick scores in transition, but the `Zags could not defend K-State's range as the Wildcats knocked down nine 3-pointers in the first half while shooting 60 percent from deep. Six different Wildcats hit from deep in the opening stanza to help build an 11-point lead at the break 49-38.

K-State's nine 3-pointers in the first half were one shy of the season-high for an entire game through the first three games of the season. Pullen got in on the action hitting 3-of-5 from long range while Will Spradling hit a pair of 3-pointers and dropped a team-high 11 points in the first half to post a new career-high. The Wildcats would total 12 treys on the night

Pullen added to his impressive showing in the second half hitting another shot from long range and finishing with 18 points. Spradling added to his career night with two more points in the second half for 13 and providing a spark off the bench. Rodney McGruder was just one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points on the night as well.

Gonzaga tried to make a comeback cutting the lead to single digits a number of times, but each time K-State responded stretching the lead to as many as 22 points in the second half.

The Wildcats will take on No. 1 Duke tomorrow at 9 p.m. from the Sprint Center in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic championship game. It will be the 17th time the Wildcats have faced the top ranked team in the nation in school history.