Wildcats Cruise Past Chicago State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Jason Bennett set a Kansas State record Monday night with eight blocked shots, leading a stifling defensive effort that helped the Wildcats to a 73-36 victory over Chicago State.

Cartier Martin came off the bench to score 25 points for Kansas State (14-6, 3-2 Big 12 Conference), which won its fourth straight after starting conference play at 0-2.

After Bennett's eighth block of the game, he left to a standing ovation from the Bramlage Coliseum crowd with 1:03 remaining. He broke the old record of six blocks, which he tied earlier this season in a loss at California.

Kansas State dominated defensively, holding the Cougars to just 22 percent from the field and forcing 12 turnovers.

Chicago State (8-16), which entered the game with six players averaging in double figures, was led by John Cantrell's 14 points. He was the only Cougar in double figures.

Martin, a second team All-Big 12 selection last season but demoted to the bench under first-year coach Bob Huggins, provided an immediate spark for the Wildcats and at one point was beating the Cougars single-handedly.

Martin hit six of his first seven shots on the way to 14 early points. With 6:30 left in the first half and Kansas State up 31-13, he was outscoring Chicago State on his own.

Kansas State had four players in double figures, including David Hoskins, who had his second-straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Akeem Wright and Lance Harris added 12 apiece for the Wildcats.

Kansas State led 38-17 at halftime.