Wildcat Duo Continue Strong Play
LEVICE, SLOVAKIA - Kansas State duo Jacob Pullen and Dominique Sutton continued their strong play in Europe, as the East Coast All-Stars played to an unlikely 105-all draw with Anstrum Levice on Sunday afternoon.
In a friendly gesture, the All-Stars agreed to Levice's request of ending the contest in a 105-all tie.
Pullen and Sutton, who remain the All-Stars' top two leading scorers, led five players in double figures with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Rutgers sophomore Patrick Jackson collected 17 points, while fellow Scarlet Knight product Corey Chandler chipped in 13 points. West Virginia sophomore Cam Thoroughman had 10 points. Pullen, who is averaging 19.3 points through four games, added a team-high six assists and a pair of steals. Sutton, who is averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds, paced the squad with nine rebounds, three assists and one steal.
In a roller coaster first half, the All-Stars faced a 21-11 foul differential against them, and sat on the short end of the score each of the first three quarters.
"The players did a great job of keeping their composure," said head coach Guy Rancourt. "Things did not go our way at times tonight, but the team stayed together and we got through it. They represented themselves, the team, and our country very well."
Down the stretch in the final period, the All-Stars started making their move. Trailing 100-93 with 4:25 remaining, Sutton started an 11-0 run with a booming baseline dunk, giving the squad a 104-100 lead with 1:04 left. Levice responded back with five straight points, giving the home team a 105-104 lead with 23 seconds remaining.
Following a timeout from Rancourt, West Virginia sophomore Truck Bryant beat his man from the top of the key, and was fouled hard at the basket with 13.4 ticks left on the clock. Bryant's first free throw fell short but he quickly followed up with game tying basket. Levice's star guard Clifford Crawford penetrated as time ran down, but could not convert as Lycoming's James Oberlies grabbed a tough rebound to end regulation time.
The East Coast All-Stars (3-0-1) will have a travel day on Monday, as they head to Vienna, Austria. The final game of the tour will be Tuesday evening (noon CT), as the squad faces a re-match with AB Cosmetics Pezinok. The All-Stars defeated the 2009 First Division Champion Pezinok, 100-95, on Saturday.For more information on the East Coast All-Stars, visit www.guyrancourt.com.