PLZEN, CZECH REPUBLIC - Kansas State junior Jacob Pullen collected his second career 30-point game, as the guard poured in 30 points to help the East Coast All-Stars to a 92-74 win over 2009 Czech Division champion Locomotive Plzen on Wednesday.
The honorable mention All-Big 12 selection put on a shooting exhibition for over 1,500 fans, as he connected on four consecutive 3-point field goals en route to a game-high 30 points in the East Coast All-Star's opening game of its nine-day tour of Eastern Europe. It was his second 30-point game since enrolling at K-State in 2007 and the most since he scored 32 points in a win over Illinois State in the first round of the NIT on March 18. He also added a team-high six steals, five assists and a pair of rebounds.
Fellow Wildcat Dominique Sutton was impressive on the night as well, totaling the team's lone double-double with 16 points, team-high 12 rebounds and three steals. It was his third career double-double since he joined the K-State team in 2007, while the 12 rebounds tied a career-high. West Virginia duo Truck Bryant and Cam Thoroughman were the only other players in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. In all, 11 players scored for the All-Stars.
The first quarter of the contest was a "feeling out" stage as the All-Stars had their first opportunity to face live competition, but was still able to take a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. Plzen answered with a strong push heading into the half, playing the All-Stars even, and keeping the score at 32-26.
Two minutes into the second half, Pullen took control of the game, connecting on four of his six three-pointers in a three-minute span to blow the game open. Thoroughman put an exclamation point to the run with a rebound and a dunk before Plzen called timeout.
"We played hard tonight," said head coach Guy Rancourt. "And that's all you can ask of young men playing together for the first time. "
The final quarter gave a balanced attack to the All-Stars, led by the passing and creativity of Bryant, who tied Pullen with a game-high five assists. Sutton finished a lob pass over two defenders for an emphatic slam dunk to cap his strong performance of 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
The East Coast All-Stars will take today off before playing a nationally-televised game on Friday against a strong BC Benesov squad. For more information on the East Coast All-Stars, visit www.guyrancourt.com.