Hoskins leads Wildcats past Cyclones

David Hoskins scored only eight points last Wednesday in a loss at Nebraska, snapping his streak of 18-straight games scoring in double digits. He came back strong Saturday.

The junior scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and collected four steals to lead the Kansas State men's basketball team to a 65-47 victory over Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State (19-8, 8-4 Big 12 Conference) led only 22-20 at halftime, but Hoskins and Co. blew the game wide open with a 22-6 run early in the second half. Hoskins scored seven straight at one point during that run.

The Wildcats outscored the Cyclones (13-13, 4-8) 43-27 in the second half, and Hoskins had 12 of those points.

"They were doing a lot of switching and we were just trying to figure out how to exploit their defense the best way," he said. "I just wanted to be more aggressive and I started getting the feel about what they were doing. That helped out."

Hoskins played a game-high 36 minutes, and he went 6-of-10 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

He didn't do everything himself, however. He had some help from senior Lance Harris who scored 13 points, all in the second half.

Senior Cartier Martin scored 17 to reach double figures for the 11th-straight game. He and Harris both hit three 3-pointers.

The team hit 8-of-17 3's, and also made 81.3 percent from the line while holding Iowa State to just 34 percent from the field and only two made 3's. The Wildcats also outrebounded Iowa State 38-24.

Junior Mike Taylor led Iowa State with 17 points. He also had a team-high five rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Junior Jiri Hubalek was the only other Cyclone to score in double-figures. He had 13 points in the game, but 11 of those game in the first half.

Freshman Luis Colon began the game guarding Hubalek one-on-one, and Colon was no match for the bigger Cyclone.

Hubalek scored 10 of Iowa State's first 14 points, and then K-State coach Bob Huggins moved Hoskins on Hubalek.

Huggins also used numerous double teams to slow the big man down and it was an extremely effective move, because he never made another basket in the game. The rest of his points came from the free throw line.

"I thought we defended really well, which got us out in transition a little bit," Huggins said. "We finally made some shots, too. The game's a lot prettier when you can finally make one."

Freshman Wesley Johnson had started all 25 games for Iowa State until Saturday night. Coach Greg McDermott said Johnson was late to a film session earlier in the morning, and therefore lost his starting spot for the game.

It was apparent that he was not used to coming off the bench, because he missed all four of his 3-point shots and finished with only eight points in 32 minutes.

"I think guys were knowing their roles and knowing what their teammates was supposed to do," Martin said. "With that said, I think guys had a better mindset coming into today's game and knowing what we had at stake."

What they had at stake is a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats know they can't afford a loss to a weaker team the rest of the way. K-State will need at least another three or four wins to reach the tournament if it doesn't defeat Kansas Monday night.

The eight league wins for K-State are the most for the team during conference play in the Big 12 era.


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