Martin pushes Wildcats past No. 22 Longhorns
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Cartier Martin drained a big three-pointer in
the final minute to lead Kansas State past 22nd-ranked Texas, 73-72, at the
Frank Erwin Center.
Martin finished with 27 points and was 7-of-11 from long range for the
Wildcats (17-6, 6-2 Big 12), who won their seventh consecutive contest and for
the first time in Austin since 1983. Lance Harris added 19 points and David
Hoskins netted 13 with five assists.
Freshman sensation Kevin Durant had a game-high 32 points and five blocks for
the Longhorns (16-6, 6-2), who lost for the first time in four games. Justin
Mason tallied 12 points for Texas.
Texas took a five-point advantage into the final frame but Kansas State hung
around as the game headed toward the stretch. Hoskins nailed a jumper with
6:14 left, to give Kansas State a 57-55 advantage.
The Longhorns regained their composure over the next several minutes and
scored nine of the game’s next 12 points to see-saw back in front. Damion
James’ three-point play capped the mini-burst, 64-60, with 3:56 on the clock.
The Wildcats refused to waver and quickly regained the advantage. Hoskins
stuck a jumper with 2:02 remaining to make it 68-66.
After D.J. Augustin evened things with a pair of free throws, Martin downed a
three and Kansas State led 71-68 with just 41 seconds left.
Twelve seconds later, Durant made it a one-point game with a lay-in but a pair
of free throws by Martin with 13 ticks on the clock made it 73-70.
Mason attempted a three to send things to overtime but the shot wasn’t close,
and James’ putback with one tick left accounted for the final margin.
The Longhorns led by as many as nine points, 27-18, in the first half after
Durant sunk a pair of free throws with just over five minutes left.
The Wildcats responded, however, and closed to within a bucket, 35-33, when
Harris drained a three with just 49 seconds left in the stanza.
Mason then finished the scoring in the half when he connected on a three of
his own with just two ticks left to give Texas a 38-33 edge heading to the
Texas was attempting to tie the school record of 12 straight home Big 12
wins…Durant finished 13-of-21 from the floor…Texas lost for the first time
at home this season and is now 11-1 at the Frank Erwin Center.