COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Bob Huggins gave Kansas State players extra
incentive to end a three-game losing streak when he informed them
he's never lost four games in a row, as a coach or player.
David Hoskins helped the Wildcats avoid that fate, scoring all
but four of his 18 points in the final 10:47 of an 85-81 victory
over Missouri on Saturday.
"I did not want to be a part of that," Hoskins said. "That's
what everybody was talking about."
Missouri, which squandered a 16-point lead in a loss to Iowa
State in its last home game a week ago, nearly rallied from the
same deficit. The Tigers, who trailed 56-40 with 13:36 to go, cut
the gap to two on J.T. Tiller's 3-pointer with 1:58 left before
Kansas State wrapped it up at the free-throw line by going
Clent Stewart scored a career-best 19 points and Lance Harris
had 16 for the Wildcats (11-6, 1-2), who gave Huggins his first Big
12 victory and kept Missouri's Mike Anderson winless in conference
Huggins is unaccustomed to scuffling, producing 14 straight NCAA
"When he loses, he's miserable," Hoskins said. "He's much
more fun to be around when he's winning, so that's what we try to
Marshall Brown had a career high 28 points for the Tigers (11-5,
0-3), who have lost three in a row and five of seven. But Brown,
who topped his previous career high of 24 at Texas on Wednesday,
blew a dunk with 34 seconds to go that would have cut the gap to
"You think it's a sure thing," Brown said. "Those are plays
that we've got to convert. I put the loss on my shoulders."
Kansas State's lead was down to two points again before Cartier
Martin, who had 15 points, made a pair of free throws with seven
seconds to go. The Wildcats were 37-for-43 from the line, Hoskins
enjoying a perfect 12-for-12 day, while Missouri went 23-for-30.
"That was the game right there," Anderson said. "That's a lot
of free throws, and you're talking about somebody else's home
Kansas State dominated in rebounding with a 41-17 advantage,
including 23-5 in the first half while taking a 10-point lead. That
bulge enabled the winners to overcome a season-worst 24 turnovers
against Missouri's full-court press.
"When you throw it out of bounds like we do, it's really
important," Huggins said. "You have to figure out how to get the
"That was one of our points of emphasis coming into the game,
but so was not throwing it out of bounds."
Stefhon Hannah, a junior college transfer who committed to
Missouri after his mother refused to sign his letter of intent to
Kansas State, was held to seven points. Hannah is the Tigers'
leading scorer with a 16-point average and this was only his second
game below double figures.
Four fouls held his playing time to 24 minutes.
"I was in foul trouble and I was hesitant," Hannah said. "I
wasn't attacking, I was taking some bad shots.
"I just wasn't playing my game."
An intentional foul on Leo Lyons, apparently for kicking an
opponent in a pileup under the Tigers' basket, helped Kansas State
take control in the first half. Two free throws by Martin and a
basket by Harris on the same possession put the Wildcats ahead
25-20 with 6:45 to go and launched an 11-2 run.
Kansas State led by 10 after Martin's three-point play with 3:59
to go, and also at the break at 39-29.
Missouri made several runs at Kansas State in the second half,
and each time the Wildcats responded. The Tigers are 11-2 at home,
but have lost the last two.
Kansas State won with its 11th lineup of the season, and 10 in
the last 11 games. The victory ties a series dating to 1907 at 112
apiece according to the Kansas State notes, while Missouri claims a
The schools both are claiming a victory in 1913 in Manhattan,
Missouri maintaining a 25-24 triumph and Kansas State's media guide
calling it a 26-25 for the Wildcats.