Monday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Jacob Pullen scored a career-high 38 points and Kansas State shot 56 percent from the field Monday night in a stunning 84-68 victory over Kansas, which moved to No. 1 just hours earlier.
Pullen, a 6-foot senior who ranks in the top five in 17 career categories for Kansas State, had 23 points in a take-charge first half that propelled the Wildcats (17-9, 5-6 Big 12) to a nine-point halftime lead.
It was Kansas State’s third victory in its last 45 games against Kansas.
The Jayhawks (24-2, 9-2) replaced Ohio State atop the Associated Press poll, a position they held for 15 weeks last season.
Kansas beat Kansas State 90-66 on Jan. 29. This time the Wildcats took control from the start.
Pullen was 5 for 6 from 3-point range, 15 for 19 from the free throw line and had five assists.
Tyrel Reed had 14 points for Kansas, which lost in Bramlage Coliseum for the second time in 23 games.
No. 17 Syracuse 63, West Virginia 52
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Brandon Triche had 20 points and Kris Joseph added 16 as Syracuse snapped a three-game losing streak at home.
The Orange (21-6, 8-6 Big East) hadn’t lost four in a row at home since 1962-63, four years before coach Jim Boeheim enrolled. Syracuse has won 12 of the last 13 in the series with the Mountaineers (16-9, 7-6), who dropped out of the Top 25 earlier Monday.
After Casey Mitchell made his sixth 3-pointer of the game and Kevin Jones hit a jumper from the top of the key to move West Virginia within 51-49 at 8:22, the Orange responded with a 12-3 run to close the game.
Mitchell, who was 7 of 12 from 3-point range, finished with 23 points.