December 14, 2008

Cats romp to win over Gardner-Webb

There are spankings, there are blowouts and there's what Kansas State did to Gardner-Webb in Manhattan on Sunday night. K-State's 107-48 victory of the 2-7 Running Bulldogs was the school's most lopsided win since it drilled Delaware State 115-54 in 1991, and the 59 points the Wildcats scored in the first half were the most in an opening period since it poured in 62 in the same game.

Yeah, it was just like it sounds.

"They just manhandled us," said Gardner-Webb head coach Rick Suggs following the game. "We have played some tough competition this year, playing Oklahoma to a four-point game and Virginia Tech to a three-point game. …(K-State) is by far the strongest team we have seen this year from top to bottom."

The competition may not have been fierce by anyone's standards, but even still, this was a pounding of historic proportions.

The 107 points K-State put up Sunday were the most since it scored 111 against Missouri in 1998. The 61-point margin of victory was the third highest in school history, and the 30 assists the Wildcats finished the game with were just two short of the school record.

"We have it in us to play similar to how we played tonight on a consistent basis," K-State coach Frank Martin said following the game. "It's just us learning and continuing to grow."

Though at times it seemed as though everyone on the roster was in on the action, the Wildcats' seventh win of the season brought with it an apparent resurgence of the guard combination of Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente, who after struggling to play well simultaneously recently, led the K-State onslaught on nearly every front.

Clemente led all scorers with 20 of points in the win, while Pullen, who posted his first career double-double in the contest, dished out a career-high 11 assists.

"(When Clemente and I play well), it just makes everybody's confidence go up," said Pullen, who scored 14 points in the game. "They feel like they can count on us to make shots. It makes everything easier on everybody else."

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