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2011 NCAA Tournament: Kansas State Defeats Utah State in Ugly Game

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Jacob Pullen put in a gutsy effort against Utah State.
Jacob Pullen put in a gutsy effort against Utah State.

Win and advance is the mantra come NCAA Tournament time and that is exactly what the Kansas State Wildcats did against the Utah State Aggies. It was definitely not the prettiest game ever but Jacob Pullen and company did just enough to advance to the next round.

Jacob Pullen led the way with 22 points while Curtis Kelly hit some key shots in the game and finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds.

K-State built a lead of 33-22 at the half in part to Utah State star player Tai Wesley getting three personal fouls and having to sit on the bench the majority of the half.

Utah State though opened the 2nd half on a 6-0 run to pull within five. K-State then went on a 6-0 run to push the lead back to eleven. From that point on every time Utah State would try to scratch back into the game K-State would answer and keep the Aggies at arms length.

Kansas State was excellent from the foul line the entire game and finished 24-28 with many of those coming in the last minute of the game.

The Wildcats now move on to face Wisconsin on Saturday. If K-State hopes to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for a second straight year they will need a much crisper effort against the Badgers than they had against Utah State.