K-State holds big lead over Oakland at half

MANHATTAN, Kan. | The starting backcourt of Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente combined for 22 points as Kansas State took a 39-25 lead against Oakland into halftime Tuesday at Bramlage Coliseum.

The first 20 minutes weren't pretty, and the Wildcats were never able to sustain any comfortable lead. What was once a 16-point lead was whittled to eight with 3:58 left, which is when K-State coach Frank Martin called a timeout and ripped into his squad.

The Wildcats responded with an 8-2 run to close out the half.

Pullen had 13, including three three-pointers. Clemente added 9, including three three-pointers.

Oakland shot 35.7 percent in the first half and turned the ball over 13 times.