January 27, 2007

Defense leads Wildcats past Nebraska

On a night when Kansas State's big three of Cartier Martin, David Hoskins and Lance Harris combined to go just seven of 23 from the floor the Wildcats turned to defense and some timely baskets from surprising sources to produce a K-State first.

The Wildcats' 61-45 win over Nebraska was their fourth straight against league foes, giving K-State its first ever four-game Big 12 Conference winning streak.

K-State (15-6, 4-2) connected on just five field goals throughout the entire second half against the Huskers (12-7, 1-4), with three of those baskets coming in the form of 3-pointers by Blake Young, Clent Stewart and Jermaine Maybank.

Maybank entered the contest averaging just more than two points a game but scored seven straight Wildcat points during a five-minute stretch in the second half to help give his team a 44-37 lead with 4:40 left to play in the contest.

Maybank's production came by way of his 3-pointer and four free throws, including three makes after he was fouled on an attempt from behind the arc with 7:41 left in the contest.

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