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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Halftime: Xavier 32, Kansas State 31

By Mark Schlabach

SALT LAKE CITY -- For the first 12 minutes of the first half of Thursday night's West Regional semifinal, Kansas State looked poised to run Xavier out of the gym.

But the No. 6-seeded Musketeers found a way to slow down Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen, and the No. 2-seeded Wildcats blew a 15-point lead and trail 32-31 at the half.

The winner advances to play No. 5-seeded Butler in Saturday's West Regional finals.

Kansas State came out firing and used a 15-0 run to take a 19-4 lead on Wally Judge's tip-in with 11:58 to play. Xavier missed nine of its first 11 shots and seemed defenseless on the other end of the court. But after the Musketeers started denying Pullen the basketball, the Wildcats missed 15 of their last 21 shots in the half.

Guard Terrell Holloway led the Musketeers with 11 points on 3-for-7 shooting in the first half, and Jordan Crawford scored eight points on 4-for-9 shooting.

Pullen scored 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, and forward Curtis Kelly had six points and three rebounds. Kansas State, which led the country in foul shots attempted this season, went only 1-for-2 from the foul line in the first half.