Wildcats Run Past Buffaloes, 87-71

BOULDER, Colo. David Hoskins scored 21 points and Cartier Martin added 19 as K-State picked up its eighth victory of the season away from home with an emphatic 87-71 win over Colorado Saturday afternoon at the Coors Events Center.

Clent Stewart finished with 16 points and Blake Young chipped in with 13 for Kansas State (20-9, 9-5 Big 12), which shot 67 percent from the field in the second half to secure its first 20-win season since 1998-99 and all but sew up a top-four finish in the Big 12.

Colorado’s Richard Roby led all scorers with 26 points and Xavier Silas netted 17 for the Buffaloes (6-18, 2-12 Big 12), who suffered their fifth straight setback.

Kansas State trailed by one at intermission but came out of the locker room on fire and scored 18 of the first 22 points of the second half to go on top for good.

Hoskins and Martin keyed the spurt by scoring five points each during a 13-0 run that spanned over four minutes and gave the Wildcats a 47-34 lead with 13:19 remaining.

K-State methodically pulled away the rest of the half and led by as many as 21 points following a slashing layup by Young with 1:33 to go that made it 87-66.

Colorado scored the final five points of the game to provide the final margin, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from recording their biggest win in Boulder since a 92-61 victory in 1987.

Despite the final margin, Kansas State actually got off to a slow start and trailed 12-4 after the first seven minutes before using some stiffing defense to get back in the game.

The Wildcats, who forced 14 Colorado’s 17 turnovers during the opening 20 minutes, used their defense to ignite a struggling offense and outscored the Buffaloes 17-3 over the next five minutes, finally taking a 21-15 on a transition layup by Hoskins with 7:54 to go in the half.

A 3-pointer by Harris made it 25-19 K-State three minutes later, but the Wildcats could only manage a put-back and two free throws by Hoskins the rest of the period.

Colorado, meanwhile, closed the half on fire from beyond the arc. Roby netted a pair of treys to get the Buffs within a bucket and Dwight Thorne connected from long range to send CU to the locker room up 30-29.

Kansas State concludes its brief two-game road swing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, when the Wildcats face Oklahoma State in Stillwater at 8 p.m. on ESPN+Plus.