Dominique Sutton had 16 points and pressured Washington State's Klay Thompson into a frustrating night, leading Kansas State to an 86-69 rout of the Cougars on Saturday night in Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State (7-1) looked sharp coming off its worst game of the season, using a swarming defense to set up easy baskets on offense. Denis Clemente scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half to prevent a comeback and Jacob Pullen added 21 for the Wildcats, who scored 39 points off Washington State’s 25 turnovers.
The Cougars (6-2) had no answer for Kansas State’s pressure, fumbling their way to a 20-point hole in the first half. Thompson, the nation’s second-leading scorer, had 22 points, hitting all 11 of his free throws to get there.
Reggie Moore added 16 points for Washington State.
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Bouncing with energy from the opening tip, Kansas State overwhelmed Washington State with an in-your-face defense that had the Cougars bumbling the ball away and forcing up shots.
The Wildcats did their best work on Thompson, forcing him into seven turnovers in the first half and a 5-of-15 shooting performance from the floor.
Coming off a loss to Gonzaga on Wednesday, the Cougars opened the game on a turnover-a-minute pace through the first 13 minutes and had 16 that led to 26 points for Kansas State by halftime. Washington State went 71/2 minutes without a field goal on the way to a 6-of-23 shooting half.
Saint Martin’s 90, Southwestern 74: Saints center Blake Poole exploded for 30 points and 16 rebounds in only 23 minutes of action in the team’s win in Phoenix. Poole converted 12-of-14 shots and also was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Jared Howard had 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, and Galen Squiers had 11.
The Saints (6-1) return home Dec. 12 to host Corban College, the first of five straight home games.
College of Idaho 72, Evergreen 53: One night after Nate Menefee became The Evergreen State College’s all-time leading scorer, the College of Idaho held him to six points in a Cascade Collegiate Conference victory.
Menefee was held in check on 2-of-13 shooting accuracy, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range. Evergreen was held to 30 percent shooting.
At No. 5 Kentucky 68, No. 10 North Carolina 66: Freshman star John Wall shook off a leg injury to finish with 16 points, including the clinching free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and the Wildcats (8-0) beat the Tar Heels (7-2) in a clash between the sport’s two winningest teams.
At No. 4 Purdue 101, Buffalo 65: Chris Kramer and E’Twaun Moore each scored 14 points to lead the Boilermakers (7-0) over Buffalo (3-3).
At No. 6 Duke 80, St. John’s 71: Kyle Singler scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Blue Devils (7-1) bounced back from their first loss by beating the Red Storm (6-1).
At No. 8 Syracuse 101, Maine 55: Freshman guard Brandon Triche had 16 points and Arinze Onuaku added 14 to help the Orangmen (8-0) cruise past the Black Bears (3-4).
Saint Martin’s 78, Hawaii-Hilo 55: Sparked by a 68.4 percent field-goal shooting in the second half, the Saints won their second straight home game.
SMU had five players in double figures, led by Roni Jo Mielke’s 16. Dara Zack had 13 and Jamey Gelhar and Danika Lawson had 10 points each.
The same teams will meet again at 3 p.m. today at Marcus Pavilion.
College of Idaho 70, Evergreen 57: Nicole Gall of College of Idaho scored 12 straight points in the second half to help the visiting Yotes pull away.
The Geoducks (2-7 overall, 0-2 Cascade Collegiate Conference) committed 24 turnovers and trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half. Latrina Woods scored 13 and Brittany Weaver had 11 for Evergreen.
At No. 8 Baylor 77, Louisiana Tech 67: Brittney Griner had 22 points, eight rebounds and six blocks to lead the Bears (7-1) over the Lady Techsters (3-2).
No. 10 Texas A&M 72, Southern Illinois 58: Tanisha Smith scored 20 points, Adaora Elonu added 14 points and five rebounds, and the Aggies (5-0) used a late run in the second half to beat the Salukis (5-0) in the Colliers International Classic in Berkeley, Calif.
At No. 15 Arizona State 62, Pepperdine 52: Danielle Orsillo scored 13 points and sparked a key first-half run that lifted the Sun Devils (6-1) over the Waves (5-4) in the final of the ASU Classic.
At No. 20 California 78, Colorado State 44: Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 15 points, freshman DeNesha Stallworth added 14 points and the Bears (4-2) defeated Colorado State (5-3) in the Colliers International Classic.