Final: Kansas State 84, BYU 72
March, 20, 2010
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com
Nelson Chenault/US PresswireKansas State advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 22 years.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick postgame thoughts from Kansas State's 84-72 victory over BYU.
- Kansas State advances to its first Sweet 16 in 22 years, a milestone worth celebrating in Manhattan -- and in the Wildcats' locker room.
"It's like a dream come true," said guard Denis Clemente. "I can't even express it right now. I'm so happy. At the same time, you have to be focused and take care of your business in the Sweet 16."
- The shooting star from this game? It wasn't Jimmer Fredette, scorer of 37 points for the Cougars in their first-round victory over Florida. Jimmer made just 1 of 4 three-pointers and scored 21 points the hard way. No, the shooting star was K-State's Jacob Pullen, who smoked BYU for a career-high 34 points. Pullen made 7 of 12 3-point shots and all 11 free throws he attempted in a brilliant performance. Pullen also added four steals.
- BYU was again blistered on the backboard. The Cougars were outrebounded by 12 by Florida in the first round and 10 Saturday night.
- Fouls were a pregame storyline, because Kansas State is prone to push and BYU is the best free-throw shooting team in the country. As it turned out, K-State outscored the Cougars at the line, 27-25. The Cougars shot an excellent 89 percent at the line; the Wildcats shot 90.