10:05 PM ET, March 17, 2011
McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Utah State wouldn't go away, hitting what seemed to be one improbable shot after another. Kansas State helped the Aggies along with a succession of mistakes that had coach Frank Martin fuming.The Wildcats managed to pull it out, of all places, from the free throw line.Jacob Pullen had a big game after an illness kept him out of practice the day before and fifth-seeded Kansas State held off Utah State 73-68 Thursday by making its free throws down the stretch, sending the Aggies to their seventh straight opening loss in the NCAA tournament.
• For the fourth straight year, a WAC team failed to win an NCAA tournament game.
• Utah State lost its seventh straight tournament game and fell to 6-22 all-time.
• Jacob Pullen led all scorers with 22 points and three other Wildcats scored in double figures. Pullen had his 16th 20-point game this season.
• Kansas State won for the seventh time in its past eight games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-50 (.460)||22-54 (.407)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-18 (.333)||5-17 (.294)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-21 (.762)||24-28 (.857)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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