February 17, 2007

Hoskins fuels Cats to win over ISU

David Hoskins scored 20 points and Kansas State flexed its muscle on defense Saturday in a 65-47 win over Iowa State, giving the Wildcats eight conference wins for the first time in 18 years and setting up a showdown in two days at home against No. 9 Kansas.

Following a disappointing loss at Nebraska early in the week, Hoskins put his foot down in the locker room. The undersized junior forward, who saw his streak of 18 straight double-doubles come to an end against Nebraska, on Saturday spoke with his actions.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hoskins wanted to ensure the Wildcats wouldn't let another contest get away as the NCAA Tournament hopefuls attempt to build upon their resume heading into March.

He scored seven of his team's first nine points to start a decisive run in the second half that put away the Cyclones.

"(Nebraska) was a game we felt like we were supposed to win," Hoskins said. "Our backs were against the wall and right now we have no room for error."

The Wildcats, who improved to 19-8 overall and 8-4 in the Big 12 Conference, relied upon an arsenal of long-range threats to drop Iowa State, 13-13 and 4-8, and capture their first sweep in the series since 1999.

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