No. 4 K-State takes down Zags in CBE Classic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas State felt right at home in the Sprint Center and the Wildcats are hoping the purple-clad sellout crowd will be a help in facing top-ranked Duke.

Jacob Pullen scored 18 points and No. 4 Kansas State pulled away in the second half for an 81-64 victory over No. 22 Gonzaga on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.

Will Spradling added 13 points for the Wildcats (4-0), who will play No. 1 Duke in the championship game Tuesday night about a 2-hour drive from campus.

"It's a great opportunity even though it's early in the season," Kansas State's Rodney McGruder said. "This is basically a home game for us, we have a lot of our fans here. It will be a great experience."

It will be a winning one if the Wildcats can shoot the 3 the way they did against Gonzaga (2-2) when they made 12 of 26 (46 percent).

"We stayed the course and obviously when you make 3s the way we made them today, it gives you a chance to win," Kansas State coach Frank Martin said.

No. 2 Michigan State 82,Chaminade 74

At Lahaina, Hawaii, Kalin Lucas had 28 points, Korie Lucious added 13 and No. 2 Michigan State prevented another Chaminade miracle by holding off the Silverswords iin the first round of the Maui Invitational.

Chaminade (3-1) is best known for its 1982 win over top-ranked Virginia, still one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history.

Fearless against one of the nation's pre-eminent programs, the Silverswords had another upset in their sites, keeping the Spartans (3-0) on the ropes well into the second half.

Michigan State held its composure against the hometown favorites, though, sticking close before going on a game-deciding run midway through. The Spartans move on to face Connecticut in the semifinals.

No. 8 Kentucky 76, Oklahoma 64

Lahaina, Hawaii, freshman Terrence Jones dominated inside on his way to 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Kentucky held off scrappy Oklahoma in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

The 1993 Maui champions, Kentucky (3-0) and its fabulous freshman looked dominant at times, racing out to big leads on a couple of occasions. The Wildcats also were careless at times, nearly blowing all of an 18-point lead as Oklahoma (3-1) fought its way back.

Kentucky finally pulled away over the final 2 minutes, going up 70-62 with just over a minute left.

No. 18 San Diego State 77,Miami, Ohio 56

At Oxford, Ohio, Kawhi Leonard had another double-double, and San Diego State turned up its defensive pressure and used two crushing scoring runs to pull away from Miami (Ohio) in the CBE Classic.

The Aztecs improved to 5-0 for the first time in three years, nationally ranked for the first time in their history.

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