January 23, 2007

Martin breaks out against Chicago State

Standing beside his head coach, Cartier Martin pointed at a group of students in the stands as they yelled, "Yaaaaayyyy!" Then after saying a few words into a television camera, he walked off the court. But not before some children yelled his name. He pointed at them, soaked it all in. Kansas State trounced Chicago State, 73-36. But Martin had waited for this game, any game, to feel like Cartier Martin again.

Late January conjures thoughts of Missouri and Kansas. Not Chicago State. But a crowd of 8,300 showed up Monday night for the Wildcats' lone hiatus from the Big 12 Conference season. They saw the Wildcats dominate Chicago State, which went eight deep and included six players under 6-foot-4. They saw Jason Bennett block a school-record eight shots. They saw David Hoskins produce his second career double-double in as many games, this one a 15-point, 10-rebound performance that was equally noted for his season high-tying five assists.

They also saw Martin come off the bench for a game-high 25 points in 25 minutes and deliver blow after blow into the heart of the Cougars' feeble defense and double clutch for a pair of 3-point plays and make 11 of 15 shots, including only two outside the paint.

"This is the time when we all need to be playing our best basketball," Martin said. "Especially me, with it being my senior year."

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