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Kansas State romps over Alcorn State

Jacob Pullen scored 24 points to lead No. 5 Kansas State to an 89-55 victory over visiting Alcorn State last night.

Jacob Pullen scored 24 points to lead No. 5 Kansas State to an 89-55 victory over visiting Alcorn State last night.

Jamar Samuels had 16 points and Curtis Kelly added 16 for the Wildcats (8-1), who had 10 players see at least 12 minutes.

Marquiz Baker scored 17 points for the Braves (0-7).

The Wildcats played almost the entire second half with a lead of more than 20 points after Rodney McGruder's three-pointer capped a 6-0 run and made it 52-30 with 17:35 to play.

Alcorn State hit only one three and had one assist in the game. Chris Davenport hit a three to cut K-State's lead to 15-10 with 10:15 remaining in the first half. But the Wildcats scored in bunches after that, led by Kelly's 10 points during the final 9 minutes of the half.

In other games:

* At Washington, Justin Holiday and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points each as the No. 21 Huskies (6-2) defeated Portland, 94-72.

* At Providence, Vincent Council scored 19 points and tied the Friars' single-game assist record with 16 in a 91-64 win over Brown. Marshon Brooks scored a career-high 33 for Providence (9-1).

* At Iowa State, Diante Garrett had 20 points as the Cyclones (7-2) defeated Southwest Missouri State, 85-58.

* At Michigan, Jordan Morgan scored 23 points and Darius Morris added 19 points and 12 assists as the Wolverines beat tiny Concordia of Michigan, 86-65.

In a women's game:

* At Duke, Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 55 seconds left to lead the No. 5 Blue Devils (9-0) past No. 7 Texas A & M, 61-58. Adaora Elonu scored 15 points for the Aggies (6-1).


* Duke remained atop the Associated Press poll, getting all 65 first-place votes.

Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Kansas State were second through fifth for the second week in a row. Connecticut, which went from unranked to seventh last week in the second-best in-season poll jump ever, moved up one place to sixth. Michigan State, Syracuse, Georgetown and Baylor rounded out the top 10.

Tennessee led the second 10 and was followed by Villanova, Memphis, San Diego State, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, BYU, Purdue and UNLV. Washington, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Louisville and Texas rounded out the Top 25.

Connecticut remained the unanimous choice at No. 1 in the women's poll, having won an NCAA women's basketball-record 86 straight games. It is UConn's 48th straight week atop the poll.

* Former Marquette coach Hank Raymonds died after a long battle with cancer, the school said. He was 86. Raymonds, a former assistant coach under Al McGuire, took over as head coach after McGuire's departure in 1977 and coached until 1983, compiling a career record of 126-50.

Raymonds joined Marquette's coaching staff in 1961 under then-head coach Eddie Hickey, who was Raymond's coach at Saint Louis.

* Several local players received honors for their play last week. Temple's Lavoy Allen was named Atlantic 10 co-player of the week. La Salle's Tyreek Duren is co-rookie of the week. Villanova's Antonio Pena is Big 5 men's player of the week and Temple's Shey Peddy earned the women's honor. Drexel sophomore Chris Fouch is Colonial Athletic Association co-player of the week.

* Baylor freshman guard Stargell Love could be out for up to 2 months with a stress fracture in his left foot.

* UCLA guard Malcolm Lee has a strained tendon in his right knee, suffered in a game Sunday, and is day-to-day.

* Longwood University dismissed women's coach Kristin Caruso 4 days after suspending her to review what it called a "personnel matter." Athletic director Troy Austin declined to provide specifics about the dismissal. *