K-State Falls Short to Kentucky, 74-72

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore Jacob Pullen paced four Wildcats in double figures with a team-high 20 points, as Kansas State dropped a 74-72 decision to Kentucky in the second semifinal game of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night at the Orleans Arena.

Junior guard Jodie Meeks led the attack for Kentucky with a game-high 37 points to along with six rebounds and four steals for the Wildcats (3-2).  Sophomore forward Patrick Patterson notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Ramon Harris chipped in 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals.   


Meeks outscored Kansas State (5-1) by himself in the first half, 24-23. For the game, he went 11-of-17 from the field, 11-of-13 from the free-throw line for Kentucky (3-2), which next plays West Virginia in the championship game Saturday night.


Kansas State had a chance to tie with a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left, but Dominique Sutton lost his dribble and turned the ball over with six seconds left. Meeks was fouled with three seconds and converted two free throws.


Kentucky, which turned the ball over 31 times, built a 54-37 lead with 12:28 to go in the game, but Kansas State went on a 22-7 run.


Jacob Pullen led Kansas State with 20 points and five steals. Sutton added a career-high 15 points and Darren Kent had 12 for Kansas State, which plays Iowa in the third-place game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT.  After scoring a career-high 26 points in a win over Oakland on Tuesday night, Pullen has now tallied 20 or more points in consecutive games for the first time in his career.


After Kansas State jumped to a 16-7 advantage, Kentucky went on a 14-0 run and led at halftime 37-23.


Kentucky is now 8-0 all-time in the series.