January 29, 2023

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Wildcat basketball alumni compete in million greenback event

Pointguard, Markquis Nowell, seems for an open teammate to go the ball to. (Archive picture by Elizabeth Sandstrom | Collegian Media Group)

In 2014, Jonathan Mugar based a basketball event that shortly gained media consideration, referred to as the The Basketball Match (TBT). It featured alumni groups from a number of faculties, permitting followers to look at a few of their favourite gamers from seasons previous play collectively.

Kansas State was no exception. Earlier than 2022, the Kansas State alumni group or ‘Purple and Black’ group’s total document was 3-5, however this time round they completed 1-1.

This time round, the group added a number of new faces. Among the many new additions included 6-foot-3 guard Mike McGuirl, former NBA participant Henry Walker and Okay-State co-leader in 3-point area objectives Jacob Pullen.

Starting with the 2022 event towards the Lone Star Legends, which featured gamers from varied faculties in Texas. The sport was tightly contested from tip-off to the tip.

Mugar applied the well-known “Elam Ending” in 2018, permitting for extra thrilling and fast-paced video games by eliminating the sport clock within the fourth quarter. Meaning the ending of the sport is determined by a goal rating.

With the ‘Purple and Black’ down three and the “Elam Ending” set at 75 factors, Justin Edwards stepped up and scored 4 straight factors to place the previous Wildcats up 72-71. Lone Star Legend’s participant Timothy Holyfield responded with two free throws to place the Texas alumni on prime 72-73. That’s when Okay-State’s all-time main scorer Jacob Pullen confirmed off his abilities from his glory days in a Wildcat uniform.

Bringing the ball down the ground and getting a display from Thomas Gipson, Pullen shot a 30-foot 3-pointer and nailed it to win the sport. The group at Charles Koch Area enthusiastically  cheered and Okay-State followers flooded social media with “Worry the Beard” messages from again when Pullen was the star point-guard in school.

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Pullen led the ‘Purple and Black’ in scoring alongside Lone Star Legend Jordan Allen with 30 factors every. Pullen shot 8-21 from the ground whereas capturing 33 p.c from past the 3-point line.

Former Wildcat Thomas Gipson contributed on the heart place and completed the sport with 15 factors and 11 rebounds. Mike McGuirl additionally contributed, however with 12 factors on 4-8 FG, capturing 50 p.c from past the 3-point line.

The next day, the ‘Purple and Black’ performed the North Texas alumni group ‘Bleed Inexperienced.’ For the Wildcat alumni, it was a 3 man present with Mike McGuirl and Jacob Pullen every scoring 18 factors and Thomas Gipson including 17 factors.

The groups had been tied main into the second quarter, however the second quarter ‘Bleed Inexperienced’ pulled forward. The North Texas alumni went on a 31-8 level run that proved to be an excessive amount of for the previous Wildcats, eliminating Okay-State 67-48. 

Whereas the ‘Purple and Black’ went 1-1 on the yr, they’re 4-6 all-time in The Basketball Match. The group’s star participant was Jacob Pullen, averaging 24 factors per recreation, adopted by Thomas Gipson’s 16 factors per recreation. 

Henry Walker and Justin Edwards led the group with two assists per recreation, whereas Thomas Gipson led the Wildcat alumni in rebounding with eight. Justin Edwards adopted shortly behind with 5 boards.

Regardless of the disappointing loss to ‘Bleed Inexperienced,’ ‘Purple and Black’ have one other alternative subsequent season. This provides followers an opportunity to see their favourite gamers again on the courtroom.

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