Postgame Notes

Kansas State Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

March 14, 2007 Bramlage Coliseum Manhattan, Kan.

2007 Mastercard NIT First Round

(2) Kansas State (23-11) 59, (7) Vermont (25-7) 57

Tonight’s game marked the first postseason action for Kansas State since losing a first-round game of the 1999 NIT... The victory was K-State first postseason win since a 115-77 victory over Fresno State in the 1994 NIT...It also marked the 28th overall appearance in the postseason (22 NCAA Tournament and six NITs) in school history... With the win, the Wildcats moved to 5-6 in NIT action, including a 5-1 mark in games played at home.

Tonight’s matchup marked the first meeting between K-State and Vermont... It was also the first game K-State has played against a member of the America East Conference... Kansas State moved to 26-1 in its last 27 home non-conference games.

The victory gives the Wildcats 23 wins on the season, the most since the 1987-88 squad recorded 25.

Head coach Bob Huggins upped his record to 3-4 all-time in the NIT... Huggins also improved to 23-19 in postseason play.

Kansas State’s starting lineup this afternoon consisted of: seniors Lance Harris (guard), Akeem Wright (guard) and Cartier Martin (forward), as well as junior forward David Hoskins, and junior guard Clent Stewart... It is fourth-straight game that this season this group has started together and just the third time this season that K-State has used this lineup ... Harris has now started 29 games this season and has appeared in 92 straight contests... Wright has started 43 games in his career, including 22 this season and 21 in a row... Martin tallied just his fourth start since Jan. 13 at Missouri... Martin has now started 75 career games... It was the 56th-straight start of Hoskins’ career... Stewart has started 23 games this season, including eight straight... The group started in K-State’s regular-season finale win over Oklahoma on March 3 as well as the Wildcats’ quarterfinal win over Texas Tech on Friday... The Wildcats are now 4-1 when using this lineup.

Kansas State trailed 51-39 with 9:57 left to play, but a 20-6 K-State run over the final minutes secured the victory for the Wildcats.

Cartier Martin scored a game-high 19 points, which marked the 18th-straight game that the senior has scored in double figures... He now has 1,525 career points and stands sixth on K-State’s career scoring chart... The Houston, Texas, native, nailed the Cats’ first three pointer of the game, marking the 314th-straight game that the Wildcats have hit a three, as well as the 71st-consecutive game in which Martin has scored... The last time he was held scoreless in a game was Feb. 5, 2005 against Colorado... Martin also nailed four three pointers and added two steals.

Akeem Wright added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting... It was the second-consecutive game Wright scored 12 points... It was the fourth time in his career that he played all 40 minutes of a game... He also added eight rebounds and three steals.

Kansas State recorded 12 steals, the most since the Wildcats had 13 against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Jason Bennett tallied one block on the evening, giving him 50 on the season... He ranks second in school history and is only the second Wildcat to collect 50 or more swats in a single season.

Tonight’s attendance was 8,596... In 16 home games this season, the Kansas State is averaging 12,236 fans per game