Wildcats Overpower Alcorn State 89-55

Jamar Samuels

Dec. 6, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – A strong defensive effort all along the board for coach Frank Martin’s squad held Alcorn State to the lowest point total and shooting percentage for a Kansas State opponent this season, as the Wildcats moved to 8-1 on the season with an 89-55 victory Monday night. Jacob Pullen led all scorers with 24 in front of a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum.

Pullen scored six points during the Wildcats 10-0 run from the tip to set the tone early and K-State’s defense did not allow the Braves to score their first field goal until Ian Francis hit a jumper in the paint with 16:37 left in the first half, to make the tally 10-2. K-State’s defensive effort did not let up forcing Alcorn State into 27 percent shooting from the field on 9-of-33 shooting in the first half.

The big men for K-State were too much for the Braves as the Wildcats scored 22 points in the paint to Alcorn State’s four. The Wildcats went into the locker room with their largest lead of the half 46-30.

Pullen and Curtis Kelly were the story early as the two combined for 29 of the Wildcats’ 46 points. Pullen knocked in three 3-pointers to add to 3-of-3 inside the arch for 16 points. Kelly chipped in 13 points on 3-of-7 shooting and 7-of-11 from the charity stripe also grabbing five boards.

Rodney McGruder splashed in a 3-pointer from the wing from Martavious Irving to expand K-State’s lead to 22 early in the second half. Sharing the basketball was the advantage for the Wildcats in the second half dishing off 11 assists to the Braves zero. K-State totaled 21 assists in the game compared to Alcorn State’s one.

Jamar Samuels continued the Wildcat dominance in the second half as he filled the stat sheet to record his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, besting his 12 boards in a victory over Texas last season. It is the junior’s fifth double-double of his career, and K-State is a perfect 5-0 in those contests.

The Wildcat’s lead grew to as much as 35 with 58 seconds remaining in the game from a pair of free throws from Jordan Henriquez-Roberts.

Will Spradling moved into the starting lineup for the first time this season, recording four points and four assists in his 23 minutes of play.

K-State had huge advantages in second-chance points 32-8, points in the paint 46-10 and bench points 32-8.

K-State’s next action will be a road trip to Chicago, Ill., to take on Loyola Chicago on Dec. 11 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Kansas City.