MANHATTAN, Kan. | Playing without Denis Clemente -- and having senior forward Darren Kent for only five minutes -- hardly fazed Kansas State as the Wildcats recorded their 18th victory Tuesday, a 95-49 rout of visiting North Carolina Central at Bramlage Coliseum.
Clemente, K-State's leading scorer, was suspended earlier in the day for striking Kansas sophomore guard Tyrel Reed in Saturday's loss. And Kent, the team's leading rebounder, played just five first-half minutes. He crumpled to the ground under the basket at approximately the eight-minute mark, but he left on his own power. He went to the locker room at the halftime and never returned in the second half as a precaution.
K-State led, 46-24, at the half. Six Wildcats reached double figures, led by Dominique Sutton's 16 points. He also had eight rebounds. The others were Jamar Samuels (14 points and eight rebounds), Luis Colon (12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds), Ron Anderson (12 points and 10 rebounds), Buchi Awaji (12 points) and Fred Brown (12 points). Jacob Pullen was nearly there, finishing with nine. He also handed out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds.
In all, nine K-State players scored.
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NCCU was led by Jamar Briscoe's 18 points.
Next up for K-State (18-8, 6-5) is Saturday's game at Iowa State.