K-State drops shootout with Cowboys

STILLWATER, Okla. Kansas State was unable to match Oklahoma State's firepower as the Wildcats dropped an 84-70 shootout Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Cartier Martin scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and David Hoskins added 20 despite being saddled with foul trouble and eventually fouling out with 2:45 to play

Clent Stewart and Lance Harris finished with 10 points apiece for Kansas State (20-10, 9-6 Big 12), which trailed by just eight points with 2:27 to go after a 3-pointer by Stewart.

But the Cowboys were perfect from the free throw line down the stretch, connecting on their final eight attempts to put the game out of reach.

JamesOn Curry, who hit four straight free throws in the final two minutes, and Terrel Harris each scored 22 points for Oklahoma State (20-9, 6-8 Big 12), which shot 55 percent from the field for the game.

Mario Boggan added 17 points before fouling out after head-butting Martin with 38 seconds remaining in the game and David Monds finished with 10 for the Cowboys, who entered the night with losses in six of its previous seven games.

Oklahoma State led by 11 at the break and built a 19-point cushion with 9:50 left after Harris scored nine straight points to put the Cowboys up 62-43.

K-State fought back but still trailed by 15 following a Curry 3-pointer that made it 71-56 at the six minute mark.

Seven straight Wildcats points over the next 2:10 pulled the Cats within eight and Stewart’s trey with 2:27 to go again cut OSU’s lead to eight, but that’s as close as the Wildcats would get.

A blistering first-half shooting performace by Oklahoma State had the Cowboys riding high at intermission. Still, Kansas State trailed by just two with 4:11 to go in the first half after a 3-pointer by Hoskins, who had 14 points by intermission.

But Oklahoma State answered with a big push to the break and outscored the Wildcats 12-3 the rest of the period to lead 41-30 at the half.

Kansas State closes out the regular season at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, March 3, against Oklahoma. The game, which starts at 2:30 p.m. (CST), will air regionally on ABC.