No. 4 Kansas State routs Texas Southern 84-60
By DOUG TUCKER
AP Sports Writer
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Jacob Pullen and No. 4 Kansas State got just what they needed from undermanned and road-weary Texas Southern.
Three days after getting beaten 82-68 by No. 1 Duke, the Wildcats (5-1)
played what coach Frank Martin described as some of their best
basketball of the year in an 84-60 victory over the Tigers. Pullen,
their team leader and senior point guard, may have felt better than
anyone. After going 1 for 12 against the Blue Devils, he was 6 for 14,
scoring 16 points and adding seven assists.
"I put Tuesday behind me when I woke up Wednesday morning," Pullen
said. "I just wanted to come out and win this basketball game. I'm a
competitor. I hate the fact that we lost, and today was a chance for us
to win another game, so I focused on that."
This was a rout from the start. The Wildcats (5-1) unleashed a 14-0 run
in the early going and spent most of the rest of their night building a
bigger and bigger advantage. Kansas State's biggest lead was 39 points
before Texas Southern chipped away in the final minutes against
"For the first 32, 33 minutes of
the game, I thought that's as well as we've played," Martin said. "We
were getting shots. We didn't shoot it great but we were getting shots
through our offense rather than guys holding the ball and getting shots
from one-on-one play."
The Tigers (1-5)
dressed only nine players and started two walk-ons. Plus, they were
playing their sixth consecutive road game to open the season. They'll
finally get to play at home their next game, on Dec. 4 vs. North Texas.
"Hopefully what we'll use this as is great experience," coach Tony
Harvey said. "We'll go back home. We'll get ready for North Texas.
We'll have our first home game, and hopefully we can have some success
at home and build off of it. It could be an exciting time. When we get
our whole team in place, we get everybody together, I think we'll have
a really nice team."
Kansas State, which
hit only 11 of 23 foul shots against Duke, made good on 9 of 12 from
the foul line while building a 44-18 halftime lead and wound up hitting
13 of 19. They outrebounded the Tigers 45-26, including a whopping 20
"That means we took
good shots," Martin said. "My definition of a good shot is a shot that
comes from the offense and it's a shot where the floor balance is good,
which means you've got people in place to rebound the basketball. When
you take shots where you don't move the defense, then offensive
rebounding becomes very difficult."
Curtis Kelly, the Wildcats' other senior starter, had 13 points and five rebounds.
"I think we did a great job attacking the boards. We was aggressive on
the boards," said Kelly. "It affected them a lot. We've got to continue
Redshirt freshman Lawrence
Johnson-Danner had 18 points for Texas Southern while Kevin Galloway
had 15 points and 10 assists. Aaron Clayborn had 12 points.
"We're a little thin right now. We've got three starters that are out so we started two walk-ons," said Harvey.
Rodney McGruder had 10 points for Kansas State and Wally Judge, a
6-foot-9 sophomore who's been off to a disappointing star, had a
season-best nine points.
Kansas State guard Nick Russell played only 3 minutes before becoming ill.
"He didn't say anything to anyone before the game," Martin said. "When
he got to the bench he started hurling on the bench. Then they told me
he was done for the game. When I came in the locker room at halftime
his parents were in there and they said they'd probably take him to the
hospital and stick an IV in him. He's got some kind of bug. I'll find
out here as soon as we're done."
Henriquez-Roberts had nine points and fueled an 8-2 run at the end of
the first half. He had a free throw, then got put-back baskets on
consecutive trips down the court before McGruder's 3-pointer ended the
Johnson-Danner, in one of the few
bright moments for the Tigers, got the final bucket of the half when he
took the ball away from McGruder under the Texas Southern basket,
turned around and canned a 10-footer.
The Tigers were only 3 for 11 from the foul line.
"We bounced back well," Pullen said. "I think we did a good job of
guarding the ball, good job of pressuring them, making them do things
we wanted them to do so we'd be in position to take charges and really
force the tempo of the game."