K-State Suffocates Rutgers, 55-41

PISCATAWAY, N.J. David Hoskins scored 14 points and Lance Harris recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as Kansas State picked up its first road win of the Bob Huggins Era with a 55-41 victory at Rutgers Wednesday night.

Playing Huggins' trademark stifling defense, Kansas State (2-0) limited the Scarlet Knights to just 19 percent shooting while finishing with a commanding 52-37 edge on the glass and forcing 15 turnovers.

“We played well defensively and really took (Rutgers) out of what they wanted to do on the offensive end,” Huggins said. “I thought we also did a nice job on the glass.”

The Wildcats set the tone early, scoring seven of the game’s first nine points before running out to a 17-8 lead midway through the first half.

Rutgers (0-1), which got a game-high 17 points from JR Inman, sliced the Wildcats’ lead to 26-19 at the half and got as close as 26-22 in the opening minutes of the second half. But K-State turned up the defensive heat over the next 10 minutes and held Rutgers to just two field goals during a 21-6 run that all but put the game on ice.

The Scarlet Knight’s tried to rally down the stretch, but could never cut the K-State edge to single digits as the Wildcats picked up their first true non-conference road win since knocking off Wichita State, 79-66, during the 2002-03 campaign.

Kansas State also held Rutgers to just nine field goals on the night as the Scarlet Knights scored the fewest points by a Wildcat opponent since Arkansas-Pine Bluff netted 39 in 2002.

Kansas State returns to action on Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum, when the Wildcats take on Tennessee Tech.