K-State Postgame Notes
K-State Postgame Notes
Kansas State improved to 15-6 (4-2 Big 12) with its 61-45 victory over Nebraska... The 15 wins are the most by the Wildcats through 21 games since 1997-98, when Kansas State also won 15 of its first 21... K-State’s 4-2 start in conference play is its best ever through six games since joining the Big 12... Tonight’s win was the Wildcats’ Big 12 victory in a row, marking the first time K-State has ever won four consecutive Big 12 games.
The Wildcats’ 61-45 victory over Nebraska was Kansas State’s fifth in a row... It is the second time this season that K-State has strung together five straight wins... The Cats’ longest winning streak of the season was six and ran from Dec. 5 (Cleveland State) through Dec. 23 (New Mexico).
The Wildcats are 210-81 (.722) in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in the 1988 season... K-State is now 838-322 (.722) all-time in home games.
The Wildcats’ starting lineup tonight consisted of: junior guard Clent Stewart, senior guard Lance Harris, senior guard Akeem Wright, junior forward David Hoskins, freshman center Luis Colon... It is the fifth time this season this group has started together, including each of the last four games... The lineup is 5-0 this season as a starting unit... It is the 43rd-straight start of Hoskins’ career... Harris has now appeared in 84 straight games... After coming off the bench at the 13:09 mark of the first half, Cartier Martin has now appeared in 91 consecutive games.
With a jumper at the 11:10 mark in the first half, Martin has now scored in 59 consecutive games... The last time he was held scoreless in a game was Feb. 5, 2005 against Colorado... Martin finished the game with 10 points in just 15 minutes of work, for his 62nd career double-figure scoring game... The 15 minutes were his second fewest of the season (Martin played only 12 minutes in the season opener vs. William & Mary)... With his 10 points tonight Martin now has 1,255 career points for his career and moved into sole possession of ninth place on K-State’s career scoring chart.
After setting the Bramlage Coliseum record for fewest combined points in a game with 99, Kansas State and Nebraska came close to doing it again tonight with a combined 106 points... The 61 points by Kansas State are the second fewest scored by the Wildcats in a victory this season (K-State defeated Rutgers, 55-41, on Nov. 15)... Nebraska’s 45 points are a season low and the fewest scored by the Huskers since dropping a 70-44 decision against Creighton on Dec. 11, 2005... The 45 points were also the fewest scored by Nebraska against K-State since the Huskers tallied the same number in a 62-45 loss in Manhattan on Feb. 24, 1999.
In its last two games, K-State has held Chicago State and Nebraska to a combined 81 points... It is the lowest two-game point total yielded by the Wildcats since K-State held UMKC (39) and Copping State (36) to a combined 75 points on Dec. 19 and 21, 1998.
Kansas State limited Nebraska to just 20 first-half points on 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) shooting... K-State’s defense held the Huskers without a point from the 10:53 mark until a free throw by Jamal White 3:13 before halftime... It marked the third straight game (but just the fifth time this season) that the Wildcats have held their opponent to 20 or fewer points during the opening 20 minutes... In the last three games, the Wildcats have held their opponents to a combined 53 first-half points on 20-for-67 (29.9 percent) shooting.
The Nebraska bench was whistled for a technical at the 8:12 mark of the first half... The Huskers led 14-12 at the time... Following the technical foul, Kansas State outscored Nebraska 15-6, including an 8-0 run at one point, to take a 27-20 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats led 27-20 at the half and improved to 11-0 this season when taking a lead into the locker room at halftime... K-State also outrebounded Nebraska, 35-27, and moved to 10-3 on the year when grabbing more boards than their opponent.
Kansas State’s bench outscored Nebraska’s 24-6... The 24 points is just slightly above the 22.9 ppg K-State has received off the bench on average this season.
After going 26-32 from the free throw line tonight against Nebraska, the Wildcats are now 105-of-133 (78.9 percent) from the free throw line in their last five games.
Clent Steward finished the game with a game-high 14 points... It is just the fourth time this season that Stewart has scored in double figures, with three of those outings coming in the last five games... It is also just the second time this year he has led the Wildcats in scoring.
David Hoskins scored 11 points for his 14th straight double-digit scoring game... He has now hit twin figures in points 18 times this season.
With two blocked shots tonight, Jason Bennett now has 41 on the season, which ranks ninth on K-State’s single-season chart.