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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 25, 2010

NCAA hoops: Pullen's key 3 helps K-State advance to round of 8

AP National Writer

SALT LAKE CITY Jacob Pullen made a 3-pointer with 31.2 seconds left in the second overtime Thursday night for the go-ahead points in second-seeded Kansas State's 101-96 victory over No. 6 Xavier in the West Regional semifinals.

Terrell Holloway answered with two free throws, but Pullen came back with two of his own. Then, Xavier's Dante Jackson missed a 3-pointer that would've tied it and the Wildcats (29-7) iced it. They will play fifth-seeded Butler on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.

Xavier's Jordan Crawford hit a 35-foot shot with 4 seconds left in the first OT to tie it. Holloway sent the game into the first overtime by making three straight free throws after being fouled while shooting from behind the arc with 5 seconds left.

Crawford led Xavier (26-9) with 32 points and Pullen led the Wildcats with 28, including eight in the second overtime.