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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

K-State pulls away from Virginia Tech, 73-57

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— Curtis Kelly was in street clothes, and Jacob Pullen was on the bench — not exactly the ideal place for Kansas State’s only two seniors while facing an experienced and well traveled Virginia Tech.

Martavious Irving, Rodney McGruder and Nick Russell came off the bench to hold things together in the first half and then helped spark a 28-9 run when Pullen got back, carrying the third-ranked Wildcats to a 73-57 victory Tuesday over the Hokies.

“When they saw me go out with that second foul, a lot of them just put their chins up and stepped up to the challenge,” said Pullen, who got in quick foul trouble and played just two minutes in the second half. “Good teams don’t win games because of a person. They win games because of a team. Today the team just came together.”

Kelly, a 6-foot-8 senior who’s being heavily counted on this season by the Wildcats (2-2), missed his second straight game because of unspecified disciplinary action. But the cold-shooting Hokies (1-1) failed to take advantage, and Kansas State led 30-29 at halftime. Then, after Malcolm Delaney’s basket put Virginia Tech on top 40-38 early in the second half, McGruder got the Wildcats rolling on a decisive 28-9 run.

“Everybody had a big play, a big play that was a momentum-builder or to sustain the run,” said Pullen, the Wildcats’ preseason All-American. “That’s all you can ask for, is your team to be prepared.”

Comments

Benjamin Piehler 11 years, 6 months ago

“That’s all you can ask for, is your team to be prepared.” - Pullen

way to look under-prepared against Virginia Tech... not going to beat a top 10 team in that fashion.

Ashwin Rao 11 years, 6 months ago

I believe AP is into the prediction game now. :-)

Rockchlk1333 11 years, 6 months ago

K-State is not as good as people said they were! I kind of had a feeling when Clemente left. They look sloppy!

Fruity22 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm all for talking trash on K-state but I don't see where you can say much negative about them after they beat a ranked ACC team by 16 points with a starting big man in street clothes and their all-american playing only 15 minutes or so because of foul trouble.

justanotherfan 11 years, 6 months ago

I agree with Fruity. Their two best players barely played and they were still able to pull away from a decent VT squad. I saw nothing yesterday from either K-State or Baylor to make me think either of them is being overrated at this point. Of course, I've seen nothing from KU to think they are overrated either. Or Mizzou for that matter.

The Big XII may be the toughest conference in the country. It's not out of the question that four of the top 15 teams in the country could be Big XII teams.

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