Martin and Co. easily rout Chicago State

The Kansas State men's basketball team stepped out of Big 12 Conference play one last time and whipped up on poor Chicago State in a 73-36 rout Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State shot 50 percent from the field, and never trailed in perhaps its easiest victory of the season.

The Wildcats outrebounded, outhustled and outplayed a smaller, slower Cougar squad. Here are the awards and surprises from the blowout in Bramlage.

Player of the game – Senior Cartier Martin

Martin has come off the bench in four of the last five games, and will probably not start another game for the rest of the season.

That's just fine with him. He still led all scorers with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting, and he also had five rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

He was near-perfect against Chicago State, and his confidence will be sky-high going into Saturday's matchup with Nebraska.

Surprise of the game – Clent Stewart not scoring

Stewart had been averaging 10 points per game in the five Big 12 Conference games coming into the matchup with Chicago State. He had also had a career-high 19 at Missouri and 12 at home against Baylor. He went 0-for-3 from the field and missed both of his three-point attempts. He also played only 20 minutes after averaging nearly 30 during conference play this season. He did contribute with four assists and two rebounds.

Turning Point – Luis Colon's jumper at the 19:35 mark in the first half

Colon knocked down a 15-footer to give K-State an early 2-0 lead. Junior David Hoskins hit a shot a minute later to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead, and K-State never looked back.

Offensive Grade – A-

It's not every day that a team can shoot 50 percent from the field, but K-State did just that against the Cougars. The Wildcats had 20 assists to only 11 turnovers, and bested their season average of points by two.

Four players scored in double figures, and Hoskins collected his second-consecutive and second-career double double.

Defensive Grade – A-

Anytime a team holds its opponent to a mere 36 points after it had been averaging 72 during the season, then it did good. K-State did just that, and also outrebounded the Cougars 44-34. The Wildcats held Chicago State to just 22 percent shooting from the field and 13 percent from behind the arc.

David Holston and Royce Parran came into the game averaging a combined 30 points, but they only finished with seven, and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3-to-4.

The only blemish on this grade comes because K-State allowed Chicago State to grab 23 offensive rebounds.

Stat of the game – 8

Jason Bennett recorded eight blocks in the game to set the school and Bramlage records for blocks in a game. After his final one he wagged his finger at the crowd in a similar fashion to that of the Houston Rockets' Dikembo Mutombo.

"I saw him do that one time and I said, 'I got to start doing that'," Bennett said after the game. "When I'm on the court, I'm trying to be the angriest person out there. I don't care if I hurt you or not."

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