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Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen, right, looks for an outlet under pressure from Tyshawn Taylor in the first half, when Pullen had 23 of his 38 points.

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Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen, right, looks for an outlet under pressure from Tyshawn Taylor in the first half, when Pullen had 23 of his 38 points.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jacob Pullen had a career-high 38 points and Kansas State shot 56 percent from the field Monday night en route to a stunning 84-68 victory over Kansas, which moved to No. 1 just hours earlier.

Pullen, a 6-foot senior who ranks in the top five in 17 career categories for Kansas State, had 23 points in a take-charge first half that propelled the Wildcats to a nine-point halftime lead.

Hundreds of fans stormed the court when the buzzer sounded on Kansas State's third victory in its past 45 games against its archrival.

The Jayhawks (24-2, 9-2) replaced Ohio State atop the AP poll, a position they held for 15 weeks last season.

Kansas beat Kansas State 90-66 on Jan. 29, but this time the Wildcats, led by an indomitable Pullen, took control from the start.

Pullen, whose career high was 34 points, made 5 of 6 3-pointers in what might have been his finest game as a Wildcat. He made 15 of 19 free throws and had five assists.

Kansas was unable to get its inside game in gear. Early foul trouble plagued the Jayhawks' top two scorers, twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.

NO. 17 SYRACUSE 63, W. VA. 52: Brandon Triche had 20 points, Kris Joseph added 16 and the Orange (21-6, 8-6 Big East) rallied late to snap a three-game losing streak at home.

SINGLETON SURGERY: Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said an operation on Chris Singleton's broken right foot was successful, and the star forward can begin rehabilitation immediately.

AP POLL: Florida moved up from 17th to 14th. Xavier entered at 24th, replacing West Virginia.

Women

NO. 1 BAYLOR 67, NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 58: Brittney Griner had 23 of her 26 points after halftime, including three straight baskets late, to put the host Bears (24-1, 11-0 Big 12) ahead for good and help them win their 21st straight game.

NO. 2 UCONN 86, NO. 14 OKLA. 45: Maya Moore had 27 points to pass Angel McCoughtry for the Big East record and lead the host Huskies (25-1) to their 14th straight win. Moore needed 11 points to top McCoughtry, who scored 2,779 for Louisville from 2006 to 2009.

NO. 24 MARIST 72, CANISIUS 60: Erica Allenspach had 17 points to help the host Red Foxes (23-2, 14-0 MAAC) win their 19th straight game.

AP POLL: Miami vaulted seven spots to No. 13, its best ranking since finishing the 1992 season at No. 6. FSU jumped from 19th to 15th.

Other sports

HOCKEY: Jimmy Hayes scored six minutes into overtime to give Boston College a 7-6 victory over Northeastern in the Beanpot championship game. Harvard beat Boston University 5-4 in the consolation game.

FOOTBALL: Jadeveon Clowney, the defensive lineman regarded as the nation's top recruit, committed to South Carolina 12 days after signing day. Clowney picked the Gamecocks over Alabama and Clemson.

College basketball news and notes 02/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:08am]
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