Cats Sneak by Knights

November 23, 2007

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Freshman Michael Beasley had 30 points, Jacob Pullen added 19 and No. 18 Kansas State beat Central Florida 73-71 in overtime in the Old Spice Classic on Friday night.

The Wildcats (4-1) were coming off an 87-77 upset loss to George Mason on Thursday.

Jermaine Taylor had 20 points, Dave Noel scored 15 and Mike O'Donnell added 14 for Central Florida (2-2), which forced overtime after overcoming a double-digit second-half deficit.

Clent Stewart made two free throws and Darren Kent hit a 3-pointer to put Kansas State ahead 70-65 four minutes into overtime. O'Donnell hit a 3-pointer to pull UCF to 70-68 with 58 seconds remaining. After a Kansas State free throw, O'Donnell made two from the foul line to cut the deficit to 71-70 with 24 seconds to go.

UCF's Chip Cartwright made one of two free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining to make it 73-71. Kansas State then escaped with the win when Noel's running jumper bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Central Florida rallied from a 13-point deficit midway through the second half to tie it at 61-all on a slam dunk by Taylor with 1:06 left in regulation.

Pullen helped Kansas State increase a one-point lead at intermission to a 50-37 advantage with 11 minutes left. The freshman guard hit four 3-pointers, including three in a row over a 90-second span that gave the Wildcats the 13-point lead.

Noel and Taylor connected for 3-pointers to cut the UCF deficit to 53-49 at the seven-minute mark.

Kansas State fell behind 9-2 after 5 minutes, but overcame the sluggish start thanks to Beasley, who scored 15 points during the opening 20 minutes.

Beasley hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to put Kansas State up 27-26 at halftime.


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