Pullen Locates His Shot

MANHATTAN, Kan. - While his shooting has been somewhat sporadic, Kansas State's Jacob Pullen is having a first-team all-Big 12 season for the No. 11-ranked Wildcats. Mired in a 4-of-30 shooting slump, Pullen found the range on Tuesday scoring 25 points in Kansas State's two-point victory. Up next? The Kansas Jayhawks.

There it is!

Searching for his shot for a five-game period, Jacob Pullen found his stroke in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday night when he blazed the nets for 25 points on 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and 7-of-11 overall.

That is blazing hot considering that the Wildcat junior guard had gone 4-of-30 in the two previous games, and 17-of-68 (25 percent) in the previous five games.

"It was mental and mechanical," Pullen said. "I'm big on watching a lot of film, and I just realized small things I was doing. My hands

were getting messed up in where I was holding the ball. After watching film, I just got a lot of shots up." K-State coach Frank Martin somewhat disagrees, plus accepts part of the blame himself.

"Jake slipped in practice a little and I allowed it," said the Wildcat coach.

"I just assumed, which is the wrong thing to do, that he understood what was going on, and he didn't. He didn't do it on purpose, but it's just human nature. If things become easier, you tend to slack off. Competition keeps us sharp and I should have pointed that out sooner."

Pullen's shooting has been a tad up and down all season. He went from two games where he was 7-of-22 against Washington State and Xavier, to the next two games when he was 20-of-31 versus UNLV and Alabama.

That was followed by three more on-target games against Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Cleveland State and South Dakota (18-of-34), but then to start Big 12 play he went 4-of-14 against Missouri, 4-of-10 against Texas A&M, 5-of-14 against Colorado, 2-of-15 against Texas, and another 2-of-15 stinker against Oklahoma State.

Still, entering play Saturday against Kansas, Pullen is posting all-Big 12 numbers:

• Scoring -- 2nd at 19.2 points per game
• Field goal percentage – 12th at .417
• Free throw percentage – 10th at .796
• Assists – 13th at 3.45 per game
• Steals – 10th at 1.50 per game
• 3-Pointers made and percentage – 2nd at 64 made; 6th at .423

Pullen's 113 made free throws out of 142 attempts are second high in the league only to Oklahoma State's James Anderson. And, his 64 made treys on 158 attempts ranks second only to Baylor's Lacedarius Dunn.

A year ago Pullen averaged 13.9 points on 39 percent overall shooting and .323 from beyond the arc. This year the respective numbers are 19.2, 42 percent overall and .423 from long range.

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