Senior Cartier Martin scored 25 points and hit four 3-pointers in only 21 minutes to lead the Wildcats (18-7, 7-3 Big 12 Conference) to a 78-59 victory over Colorado (6-14, 2-8 Big 12) Saturday night. With his performance, he passed Mitch Richmond for seventh place on the all-time scoring list with 1,340 points.
"It's a great accomplishment, but it's all due to my teammates," Martin said. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be able to score the ball. This was a good win for us tonight."
Martin had 18 points in the second half, including 10 straight for K-State in a four-minute stretch.
K-State's seven wins in the conference is tied for the most ever in the Big 12 era.
Junior David Hoskins struggled against the Buffaloes, going 4-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from the free throw line to finish with 13 points. He did, however, extend his streak of consecutive games scoring in double digits to 18. He also pulled down nine rebounds while tying a career high with six assists.
"It was good to come out tonight and get a nice win, but we know that we need to be a lot better when we play Nebraska Tuesday," Hoskins said. "This was a good first step to making a run at the NCAA Tournament because this was a team we were supposed to beat."
Junior Clent Stewart tied a career high with seven rebounds that all came in the first half, and senior Jermaine Maybank received his first career Division I start after he scored 26 against Kansas Saturday. Maybank wasn't anywhere near as effective as he was against the Jayhawks, scoring only three points in 23 minutes.
Senior Akeem Wright had only four points on 2-of-12 shooting, but he grabbed 11 rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes. His biggest contribution, however, came on the defensive end.
He was given the tough assignment of guarding the fifth-leading scorer in the Big 12 this season, junior Richard Roby. Roby came into the game averaging 17.6 points per game, but Wright held him to just five on 1-of-9 shooting. It was only the third time this season and only the second time in conference play he had been held to less than 10 points. Roby also had six rebounds, four assists and five turnovers in the game.
"Akeem is good, and that's the best he has been defensively in a while," coach Bob Huggins said. "He is a long and it bothers people. Now if only we could get him to make a little more than two shots than we would be fine."
The Wildcats never trailed in the game. The score was tied at seven at the 16:40 mark in the first half, but Wright and senior Serge Afeli combined for six-straight points to give K-State a lead it would never relinquish.
The Wildcats led 37-26 at halftime, and Martin and Hoskins led K-State on a 13-3 run to open the second half that put the game out of reach.
The loss for the Buffaloes came a week after they upset No. 12 Oklahoma State 89-77 at home. It was also their 10th consecutive Big 12 road loss dating back to last season.
K-State had a poor day shooting the ball. The Wildcats finished 29-of-71 from the field and hit only 51.6 percent of their free throw attempts. Colorado wasn't much better shooting just 60.9 percent from the line.
The Wildcats won the game on the defensive end, forcing 23 turnovers. They had 28 points off those turnovers, while Colorado had zero points off turnovers. Former players Rolando Blackman and Dick Knostman each had their jerseys retired during a halftime ceremony.
The duo became the third class of jersey retirements at K-State following those of Bob Boozer, Ernie Barrett and Jack Parr in 2005 and Mike Evans, Lon Kruger and Chuckie Williams in 2006.
Blackman is one of just two players to earn first team All-America honors in consecutive seasons in K-State history and one of just three to be named Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1980). He is just one of three players to earn first team all-conference honors three times in the program's history. He is also the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,844 points.
Knostman is one of just 12 players in K-State history to be named a first team All-American. He is only one of a few Wildcats to average a double-double for his career with 14.6 points and 10.5 rebounds. Knostman still ranks among the top 5 in 17 single-game, season and/or career statistical categories in school history.