MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Cartier Martin had 18 points and 10
rebounds, his first double-double of the season, to lead Kansas
State to a 74-54 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.
Kansas State (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) broke a seven-game losing streak
against the Tigers, who had taken nine of the previous 10 meetings
and were 7-1 against Wildcats coach Jim Wooldridge.
Missouri (9-7, 1-2) dropped to 0-5 on the road this season. This
time, everything that could go wrong -- foul problems, turnovers,
horrible shooting -- did. The Tigers trailed 33-22 at the break and
never got closer than nine points after that.
The problems started early. Missouri was hit with two charging
calls in the first three minutes, was outrebounded 10-5 in the
first 10½ minutes and committed 10 first-half turnovers.
The Tigers' 26 team fouls -- including four charges -- gave Kansas
State a huge free-throw advantage. The Wildcats shot 25-for-34 from
the line to Missouri's 7-for-15.
Missouri tried to go outside to make up the early deficit but
shot just 1-for-13 from 3-point range in the first half and
5-for-26 for the game.
Two 3-pointers from Linas Kleiza, who led Missouri with 14
points before fouling out, kept the Tigers close late in the game.
But after his second 3-pointer cut Kansas State's lead to 61-52
with 3:55 left, Missouri didn't score again until Jimmy McKinney
hit a layup with just under a minute to go.
By then, the Wildcats had put together a 13-0 run -- nine of
those from the line -- for a 74-52 lead.
Massey scored five points and Tyler Hughes had four in a 10-0
run that gave Kansas State a 21-6 lead with just over 9½ minutes
left in the first half.
Missouri responded with seven straight points to get within
21-13, but Martin had seven points in the Wildcats' answering 9-2
run for a 30-15 lead with 3½ minutes to go in the half.
Jason Horton's 3-pointer -- only the second of the game for
Missouri -- got the Tigers within 39-30 with just under 16 minutes
But Peete answered over the next 37 seconds with two free throws
and a basket from the baseline, igniting a 15-4 run that put the
Wildcats up 54-34 with 11 minutes left.
Missouri halved that deficit over the next four minutes, holding
Kansas State to two points and no field goals over that span, but
could get no closer than 56-46.