Cats Roll the Tigers

Kansas State is rolling right now. The men's basketball team defeated Missouri 80-73 Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum to extend its current streak to six wins.

This was just the second season series sweep by K-State (16-6 overall, 5-2 Big 12 Conference) over the Tigers (13-7, 2-5 Big 12) since the 1984 season. The 16 wins through 22 games are the most by the Wildcats since the 1986-87 season. The 5-2 start to conference play is the best record in 19 years.

Junior David Hoskins scored 25 points and senior Cartier Martin had 22 to lead the way for K-State in front of a season-high 13,266 fans.

Hoskins also had six rebounds, and has now scored in double figures in 15 straight games. Martin had 11 rebounds and recorded his first double-double of the season and the sixth of his career.

"Dave and I are the leading scorers on the team so we needed to make it a point to get the ball to the basket or start making shots from the outside," Martin said. "However it went, we needed to do it. Dave was aggressive down low. He got to the foul line and made his free throws. Then, when they'd double down on him, he'd kick it out to me for a wide open three in the corner."

Martin hit both of his three-point attempts while scoring 16 points in the second half and hitting all eight of his free throw attempts.

Coach Bob Huggins said Martin wasn't even supposed to play because he banged up his knee in the pregame shootaround and the trainers didn't know if he could go.

The knee didn't seem to bother him, and he had what Huggins said was easily his most complete game of the year.

Senior Akeem Wright had 12 points and eight rebounds to help out Hoskins and Martin.

Junior Stefhon Hannah was the leading scorer for Missouri with 27. He had an excellent game, knocking down 10-of-16 shots while hitting six three-pointers and dishing out six assists.

Junior Marshall Brown scored 28 the last time these two hooked up, but he was held to 16 this time, and freshman Keon Lawrence came off the bench and scored 15.

Both teams were hot from the field, hitting about 50 percent each. Missouri hit 40 percent of its three-pointers and K-State knocked down 50 percent.

Missouri struggled from the line only hitting 61.5 percent from the charity stripe with K-State hitting 73 percent. K-State outrebounded Missouri 41-19 and owns an 82-36 rebounding advantage in the two wins this season over the Tigers.

"Those guys are just quick to the ball," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said about the rebounding differential. "I think the difference probably is that we gave one or two efforts and they gave three or four. When you do that you are going to get some of those loose balls. I think that was the difference."

K-State jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and the crowd was easily the loudest its been all season. Missouri began chipping away at the lead and went into halftime down only three at 36-33.

The Tigers came rolling out of the break and ended up taking a 48-41 lead at the 15:39 mark. K-State regained the lead at 52-51 on a Jermaine Maybank steal and layup, but Missouri went on a 7-0 run to take a six point lead with 8:32 remaining in the game.

That's when K-State took over.

Martin and Hoskins led the charge as the Wildcats went on a 13-0 run and led 65-58 with 4:51 left, and they never trailed after that.

Missouri fought back but could not hit enough shots to regain the lead, and K-State won 80-73.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Tigers after they had opened the conference with four-consecutive losses.

"We just made some shots tonight," Huggins said. "Cartier made two big threes for us and (junior) Blake (Young) hit a big shot for us. I thought Dave played really strongly in the second half, (freshman) Jason (Bennett) blocked a couple shots and honestly, they missed a couple of front ends."

Now K-State has drawn the unenviable task of the freshman phenom Kevin Durant and the Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats will put their six-game win streak on the line Saturday when they travel to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 23-ranked Texas Longhorns.

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