(18) Dayton 75

(2-2, 0-1 away)

Kansas State 83

(4-1, 2-1 home)

5:30 PM ET, November 22, 2009

Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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#18DAY 28 4775
KSU 35 4883

Top Performers

Dayton: C. Wright 15 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Kansas State: J. Pullen 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

Kansas State upsets No. 21 Dayton in third-place game of Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Kansas State coach Frank Martin understands that physical play can sometimes lead to plenty of fouls. It's a delicate balancing act for a team that plays in the rugged Big 12.

Fast Facts

• Kansas State got its second win in its last eight games against AP Top 25 teams

• The Wildcats have won 12 of their last 14 against non-conference opponents.

• Jacob Pullen scored a game-high 26 points and made a career-high 12 free throws.

• Denis Clemente added 21 points and made 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He had four 3-pointers combined in his first four games this season.

• Dayton lost for the second time in its last 13 November games.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The Wildcats bullied their way to an 83-75 victory over Dayton (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) on Sunday in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, but Martin lamented sending the Flyers to the foul line 27 times -- even if most of the fouls were competitive ones.

"We've got to stop fouling," Martin said, "but that's what we do. That's the identity of our basketball team."

Don't think that the whistle was being blown in only one direction, though. The Wildcats went to the foul line 44 times.

Junior guard Jacob Pullen scored 26 points, including 12 of 14 free throws, while fellow backcourt mate Denis Clemente made four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points.

"They're a really good team," Pullen said. "To be able to beat them shows we're committing."

With dueling chants of "Let's Go Flyers" and "Go State" reverberating through a less than full arena, the quicker Wildcats (4-1) built a 35-28 lead by halftime and managed to hang onto it during a physical second half.

Chris Johnson led the Flyers (2-2) with 16 points and six rebounds, while Marcus Johnson added 14 points and Paul Williams 10. The trip to the Carribean wasn't all bad for Dayton, though, which defeated Georgia Tech (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) in the first round of the tournament.

"We needed to play with a little more poise and we needed to play with a little more confidence," said Dayton coach Brian Gregory. "You can't play the way we played against a team of that caliber."

Clemente, a Puerto Rican, hit a 3-pointer with 13:57 left in the game to give Kansas State its biggest lead at 50-35. The Flyers answered with a 14-7 spurt, capped by Johnson's 3-pointer with 9:25 left, to get within striking distance.

Things got testy with under 4 minutes to play when Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels was given a technical foul for kicking Dayton's Kurt Huelsman in the head as he was trying to retain possession of a loose ball at the bottom of a pileup.

"That's not who I am, to go around kicking people in the head," Samuels said afterward.

Samuels shook hands with Huelsman after the altercation, and the two foul shots and a dunk moments later by Chris Wright made it 68-65 with 3:15 left.

Dayton closed the deficit to 78-75 on three straight free throws by Johnson with 45 seconds left, but the Flyers never could get all the way back. Pullen and Clemente each hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory.

"We beat a team that plays at a high, high level," Martin said.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 75 83
FG Made-Attempted 26-57 (.456) 25-52 (.481)
3P Made-Attempted 7-20 (.350) 6-14 (.429)
FT Made-Attempted 16-27 (.593) 27-44 (.614)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
Largest Lead 1 15

2009-10 Season

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