Kansas State Postgame Notes

Kansas State is now 1-0 in the series after winning the first ever match-up with Kennesaw State... Kansas State improved to 6-0 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference... Kansas State also improved to 6-0 all-time against teams from Georgia.

 

Kansas State is now 206-80 (.720) in Bramlage Coliseum since its opening in the 1988 season... The Wildcats are now 834-321 (.722) all-time in home games.

 

  The Wildcats’ starting lineup Sunday night was: junior guard Clent Stewart, senior guard Lance Harris, junior guard David Hoskins, senior forward Cartier Martin, freshman center Jason Bennett... It is the first time this season this group has started a game... It is the 67th start of Martin’s career; he has also appeared in 79 consecutive games... It is the 31st start of Harris’ and Hoskins’ careers... Harris has now appeared in 73 straight games... Harris and Hoskins have started in each of the Wildcats’ first 10 games.

 

Kansas State opened the game with a 27-5 run in the first 10 minutes... During that stretch, Kansas State’s defense held Kennesaw State to a 1-for-12 shooting mark and forced 5 turnovers. Kansas State led 34-5 before Kennesaw State’s Zach Berry made the Owls’ second field goal of the first half at 7:50. 

 

The Wildcats scored 55 points in the first half en route to a 55-19 lead at the break... The 55 points was the highest output by the Wildcats in the first half this season and most for a half since scoring 58 against Missouri on Jan. 3, 1998... Kansas State’s defense smothered the Owls in the first half, holding Kennesaw State to 7 of 31 (.226) shooting. Kansas State’s 36 point halftime lead was the largest of the season.

 

Kansas State surpassed 80 points for the fourth consecutive game after dropping in 82 against the Owls... The last time Kansas State scored 80 points in four straight was during the 1990-91 season.

 

The Wildcats shot 53.6 percent (30-for-56) in the game and shot better than 50 percent for the third consecutive contest... The last time Kansas State shot 50 percent or better in three straight games was the 2002 season.

 

Bennett blocked three Owl shot attempts on Sunday to push his season total to 25 and surpassed Shawn Rhodes’ freshman record of 24 during the 1995-96 season... Bennett has recorded a blocked shot in 7 of 10 games this season... His career-high for blocks is six, a school and freshman record, against California on Nov. 29... Bennett is averaging 2.5 blocks per game.

 

Hoskins led all scorers with 17 points for his 7th double-figure scoring night this season and the 27th of his career.

 

Martin reached double figures for the eighth time this season and 55th time in his career with a 12 point effort on Sunday... Martin leads the Wildcats with 151 points this season, an average of 15.1 points per game... Martin moved sits at 12th behind Willie Murrell (1,112) on the all-time career scoring list with 1,098 points and needs 87 to move into the top-10.

 

Freshman forward Bill Walker made his debut for the Wildcats on Sunday, checking in at the 15:22 mark in the first half... Walker’s first collegiate field goal came at 13:40 to put Kansas State up 19-3... Walker finished with 15 points, four rebounds and an assist.