Wildcats Tame Tigers

Jordan Henriquez-Roberts

Nov. 26, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Coming off of one of the worst shooting performances of his Kansas State career, preseason All-American Jacob Pullen bounced back to lead the Wildcats to a decisive 84-60 victory over Texas Southern on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Pullen dropped 16 points on the Tigers to lead the Wildcats in scoring. K-State spread the ball around well on offense, with 12 different Wildcats scoring points in the contest, as the Wildcat bench outscored Texas Southern’s 41-7. Curtis Kelly, 13, and Rodney McGruder, 10, were the only other Wildcats to reach double figures for K-State. Texas Southern’s Lawrence Johnson-Danner led all scorers in the contest with 18.

Pullen also took care of the ball on the offensive end, dishing out seven assists to only one turnover. In all, the Wildcats totaled 18 assists on the game.

K-State dominated the Tigers on the boards, pulling down 45 rebounds to only 26 by Texas Southern. The Wildcats’ 20 offensive rebounds led to 24 second chance points for K-State. Freddy Asprilla grabbed eight boards to lead the Wildcats in the category with Jordan Henriquez-Roberts chipping in seven of his own.

After exchanging buckets in the early going, the Wildcats took their first and lead of the game at the 16:23 mark, 9-8. K-State never looked back from that point on, going on a 22-3 run over the next 10:38 to stretch the lead to 19 points at the 6:58 mark. The Wildcats closed out the half on a 14-7 run to go into the locker room leading by 26, 44-18.

In the second half, the Wildcats looked to extend their lead and they did, pushing it to as much as 39 points with 7:44 remaining in the contest. Texas Southern proceeded to go on a hot streak where they converted baskets on 12 straight field goal attempts over the span of six minutes. However, it was too little too late as the Wildcats closed out the 24-point victory, 84-60.

The next action for the Wildcats comes on Monday, when they host in-state foe Emporia State at Bramlage Coliseum. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City as well as heard on radio across the K-State Sports Network.