Jacob Pullen scored 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 (17-9 overall, 5-6 Big 12) to a nine-point halftime lead.
Hundreds of fans stormed the court in Manhattan, Kan., when the buzzer sounded on Kansas State’s third victory in its past 45 games against an archrival that has dominated the Wildcats since the 1980s.
The Jayhawks (24-2, 9-2) replaced Ohio State atop The Associated Press poll, a position they held for 15 weeks last season.
Kansas beat Kansas State, 90-66, on Jan. 29 in Lawrence, but this time the Wildcats, led by an indomitable Pullen, took control from the start.
Pullen, whose previous career high was 34 points, was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers, 15-for-19 on 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. Tyrel Reed had 14 points for Kansas.
At No. 17 Syracuse 63, West Virginia 52: Brandon Triche had 20 points, Kris Joseph added 16 to rally the Orange (21-6, 8-6 Big East) past the Mountaineers (16-9, 7-6).
At No. 1 Baylor 67, No. 5 Texas A&M 58: Brittney Griner scored 23 of her 26 points after halftime for the Bears (24-1, 11-0 Big 12), including three consecutive baskets late to pull away from the Aggies (21-3, 9-2).
Only two of Baylor’s wins this season have been by fewer than 11 points, and both have come the past 16 days against Texas A&M.
No. 2 Connecticut 86, No. 14 Oklahoma 45: Maya Moore scored 27 points to become the Big East’s career scoring leader and lead the Huskies (25-1) past the Sooners (18-7) in Hartford, Conn.
Moore passed Angel McCoughtry, who scored 2,779 points for Louisville from 2006-09.
The Mountain West Conference has reprimanded San Diego State coach Steve Fisher after he criticized Wyoming for firing coach Heath Schroyer last week. Radford University men’s coach Brad Greenberg has been suspended for four games for NCAA violations . Florida State forward Chris Singleton’s availability for the rest of the season is uncertain after he had surgery on his broken right foot.