MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Jacob Pullen broke the school record for career 3-pointers, leading No. 5 Kansas State to an easy 85-61 victory over Division II Emporia State on Monday night and giving the Wildcats their first six-win month of November.
The senior guard scored 20 points, including hitting four 3s, as the Wildcats jumped out to a 46-27 halftime lead. The Wildcats (6-1) cruised the rest of the way.The Hornets (3-3) threw an early scare into the preseason Big 12 favorites when Xavier Burnette banked home a 3-pointer and followed that with a bucket that slice the lead to 12-11.But Freddy Asprilla, the bulky 6-foot-10 transfer, scored four straight points, including a put-back of a Jamar Samuels miss, and got the Wildcats going on a 27-9 run climaxed by Pullen's record-breaking 3-pointer, giving Kansas State a 39-20 lead over the visitors.Pullen tied Steve Henson's record of 240 3-pointers 29 seconds earlier, then got the record with one from the baseline.The crowd gave Pullen a standing ovation at the next timeout a few moments later. Henson played for the Wildcats in the 1980s.Asprilla finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for Kansas State. Rodney McGruder also had 17 points.Emporia State, which lost to No. 4 Kansas 90-59 in an exhibition game this season, was led by Burnette's 18 points. Jordan Stout had 15 and Adam Holthaus 10.Stout hit a free throw and a long 3-pointer for Emporia starting off the second half. But Asprilla got a quick basket and Rodney McGruser had a putback and the Wildcats went off on a 16-0 run to seal the win.