The Kansas State men’s basketball team came out of the locker room and missed its first 15 shots of the second half against Baylor Wednesday night.
After getting down by as much as 11 points, the Wildcats (12-6 overall, 2-2 Big 12 Conference) rallied behind senior Lance Harris and junior David Hoskins, scoring 29 points in the last 10:14 to beat the Bears (11-6, 1-3 Big 12) with a 69-60 victory.
Here are the post-game awards and surprises from this thrilling victory for K-State.
Player of the game – Lance Harris
Harris led the team with 18 points in 38 minutes of action. In easily his best game of the year, Harris also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists.
He made 7-of-15 shots from the field, and he also knocked down three three-point attempts.
During K-State’s furious comeback in the last 10:14 of the game, Harris scored seven of the 29 points, and also had two key assists that led to three-pointers for junior Clent Stewart and senior Cartier Martin.
His play down the stretch was the biggest reason why the Wildcats avoided the upset against the Bears.
Surprise of the game – Kevin Rogers’ poor performance
The sophomore forward for the Bears came into the game against the Wildcats averaging 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in three Big 12 games this season.
The game was supposed to be a matchup of him and Hoskins, who has scored in double-digits the past 11 games.
Hoskins didn’t get his first points until the 10:14 mark in the second half, but he went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line and finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Rogers had a different game. He was in foul trouble for most of the game, and ended up fouling out with only two points and five rebounds. Both of these numbers are by far the worst he’s had during conference play.
Interesting to note –
Cartier Martin came off the bench and scored 15 points and had seven rebounds against Baylor. He has only started one of the four conference games this season, and most of his numbers have fallen during conference play.
His point production has dropped from 14.2 points a game to 10.5. He was first on the team but in the last four games he is only third. His minutes have stayed around 26.7 a game, but during non-conference play, that number was first on the team and now it’s fifth. Stewart leads the way with 32.5 minutes, and Harris, Hoskins and Akeem Wright all play more than Martin.
Also, his shooting percentage has dropped from 43 percent to 37, and his three-point percentage has dipped from 31 to 18.
Stat of the game – 8,850
This is the number of fans that actually showed up for the game after 12,637 tickets were sold. This has been the norm all season, as Bramlage Coliseum has not been as full as the team would like.
The capacity is 13,344.
Coach Bob Huggins actually said after the game that he doesn’t want the Coliseum to be referred to as ‘Huggieville’ anymore if fans aren’t going to show up for the game. He said it was embarrassing, and he would like more fans to attend these crucial conference matchups.