Wildcats Swat Hornets

Jacob Pullen

Nov. 29, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Behind a career-high performance from Freddy Asprilla, along with season-high performances from Jacob Pullen and Rodney McGruder, the Kansas State men’s basketball team improved to 6-1 on the season after dismantling Emporia State, 85-61.

Asprilla was too much for the Hornets to handle on the block, scoring 17 points on an efficient 8-of-10 shooting night. He also pulled down eight rebounds, including five on the offensive end, to lead all players on the night.

Pullen became the all-time leader at K-State in 3-pointers made with 241 on his career, passing Steve Henson, after hitting on 4-of-7 attempts from behind the arc. He scored a season-high 26 points, converting on 10-of-18 field goal attempts, to lead all scorers on the evening.

McGruder hit on six of his 11 attempts to score a season-high 17 points, while shooting 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats dominated down low, outscoring Emporia State 46-16 in the paint, while also out-rebounding the Hornets 44-29. K-State was able to amass nine blocks in the contest, with Jordan Henriquez-Roberts denying three shots and Asprilla blocking two.

K-State capitalized on its defensive pressure, scoring 33 points off of 21 Hornet turnovers, while allowing only six Emporia State points off of turnovers. The Wildcats were also strong in transition, racking up 25 fast break points while limiting Emporia State to only seven.

Emporia State jumped out to a 5-4 lead early in the game on an Adam Holthaus jumper at the 17:58 mark. Both teams traded baskets over the next three minutes, with the Wildcats holding a one-point advantage, 12-11, at the 14:24 mark. From there, the Wildcats went on a 19-2 run to stretch their lead to 18 points, 31-13, capped off by a 3-pointer by Pullen. K-State closed out the half strong, going into the locker room with a 19-point advantage, 46-27.

After the break, the teams battled back for the first five minutes of the second half before K-State turned up the pressure going on a 22-4 run to push the lead to 77-42 at the 8:45 mark, capped off by a thunderous Curtis Kelly dunk. The Hornets were able to cut back into the lead late, but K-State still cruised to the 85-61 victory.

The next action for the Wildcats comes when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Washington State Cougars as part of the Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series with a 10:00 p.m. CT tip. The game can be seen nationally on Fox Sports Net as well as heard on the radio across the K-State Sports Network.