Wildcats Dispatch Washburn, 81-57

MANHATTAN, Kan. Sophomore guard Jacob Pullen led all scorers with 21 points, as Kansas State defeated Washburn, 81-57, on Sunday afternoon in men’s exhibition basketball at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have now won seven straight exhibition games and 11 of the last 13.


Pullen finished the contest 7-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point line. He also added four rebounds to his final stat line. Joining Pullen in double figures were junior guard Denis Clemente and senior forward Darren Kent. Clemente tallied 12 points and a game-high five assists in his debut in a K-State uniform. Kent added 10 points and game-highs of nine rebounds and four blocks off the bench.


Despite a frigid start from the field by both teams, K-State pieced together a 36-24 lead at the half. Pullen tallied 10 points at the intermission, while sophomore forward Dominique Sutton added eight. The Wildcats were able to hold the Ichabods to an 18.5 field goal percentage in the first half, including 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.  


After a three from Pullen opened the second half to give the Wildcats a 39-24 lead, the Ichabods closed to within 11 on consecutive jumpers by Darnell Kimble and DeAndre Eggins. K-State recovered and used a 15-4 run over the next 3:54 to push the advantage to 54-32 with 14:06 to play. K-State took its largest lead of the game at 25 on a Clemente fast break lay-up with 5:18 to play.


Washburn was led on the day by Eggins with 13 points, as the Ichabods had 12 of the 13 players to see the floor register at least one point.


The Wildcats finished the afternoon shooting 44.6 percent from the field, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc. K-State outrebounded Washburn, 52-31, and forced the Ichabods into a 29.6 field goal percentage, including 2-of-10 from beyond the 3-point line.


Kansas State will officially open the 2008-09 season on Friday, as the Wildcats begin a three-game homestand with Florida A&M at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.