Kansas State wins 70-57 over IUPUI - KMOV.com

Kansas State wins 70-57 over IUPUI

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Even though he's been dealing with an undisclosed injury, Jacob Pullen refused to stop playing.

"Injuries happen every day," Pullen said. "As a team, I know that injuries can affect the season, and I never want to sit out. Unless I can't walk or I can't shoot, I'm going to be on the court every day for practice."

Pullen's determination paid off. He led all scorers with 25 points and dished out seven assists as Kansas State defeated IUPUI 70-57 on Saturday.

"That's Jacob Pullen being Jacob Pullen," said teammate Dominique Sutton. "He gets to the basket and makes things happen on the offensive end."

Pullen was one of four players to reach double figures for the Wildcats (5-1). Sutton scored 14, Denis Clemente scored 12 and Curtis Kelly added 11 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

"It had its bright spots, it also had its low spots," Pullen said of the Wildcats' performance. "We couldn't put (IUPUI) away at the end. As a good team, you've really got to be able to do that. They're a really good team."

Kansas State coach Frank Martin echoed Pullen's praise for the opponent, but he wasn't as forgiving of Kansas State's effort as he said there are several unanswered questions looming for the Wildcats as the Big 12 Conference slate approaches.

"We're just not a good team," Martin said. "I get paid to figure these things out and we will. I guess if there is a positive, it's that we beat a pretty good basketball team."

Alex Young led the Jaguars (5-2) with 19 points while John Ashworth and Leroy Nobles added 14 and 13 points, respectively. After the game, IUPUI coach Ron Hunter said he was pleased with the effort of Ashworth, who normally plays in a reserve role.

"Ashworth played really well," Hunter said. "He is our backup point guard, but he's getting to play because our starter is injured right now. I was really impressed with the way he kept pushing through the pressure and made some big shots."

The teams engaged in a seesaw battle early in the contest as the Wildcats sprinted out to a 9-0 lead, but a two-point bucket by Billy Pettiford got the Jaguars on the scoreboard with 17:27 left. The IUPUI defense stiffened as the Jaguars held Kansas State without a field goal for nearly five minutes and used an 11-2 run to tie the score at 11-11. But that's as much damage as IUPUI could do.

Kansas State quickly regained the momentum as a 3-pointer by Clemente sparked an 11-0 run midway through the period. The Wildcats took a 40-29 lead into intermission.

IUPUI cut the deficit to seven early in the second half, but five straight points by Pullen ignited a 15-1 Wildcat run that slammed the door on the Jaguars' comeback attempt. IUPUI never regained control as Kansas State led by double-digits for the remainder of the contest.

The Wildcats' defense also solidified down the stretch as they forced a total of 23 turnovers in the contest and scored 28 points off the Jaguars' mishaps.

"Their defense put a lot of pressure on us and they just forced a lot of turnovers," Ashworth said. "We didn't do a good job of taking care of the ball and we know that's partially because of us, but a lot of it was because of how hard they played on defense."

Strong 3-point shooting by IUPUI kept the game from getting out of hand down the stretch as the Jaguars finished 9-of-18 from behind the arc, but the Wildcats' post presence proved to be too strong for the Jaguar defense as Kansas State outscored IUPUI 34-16 in the paint.

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