Thursday, March 18, 2010
Final: Kansas State 82, North Texas 62
By Pat Forde
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick thoughts on Kansas State-North Texas.
This was never close after the first few minutes, as the Wildcats became the rare favorite to blow out a lower seed on this wild Thursday afternoon.
The only tense time for K-State was when leading scorer Jacob Pullen went down hard on his backside during the second half. Pullen writhed in pain for a while on the court, was checked on the bench and taken to the locker room for a while for observation. But Pullen bounced back and re-entered the game later, appearing to be fine. He finished with 15 points, 11 of them in the first half. Fellow guard Denis Clemente was the high scorer for K-State with 17.
K-State's trademark defense swallowed North Texas whole, holding the Mean Green to 30 percent shooting. The only UNT player able to generate much offense was Tristan Thompson, who doubled his season scoring average and finished with 28 points. Thompson went 10-for-10 at the foul line.
Kansas State will now turn that defense loose on BYU scoring machine Jimmer Fredette, who rang up 37 points on Florida in the opening game.