November 25, 2006
Martin's scoring surge propels Cats
When Cartier Martin awoke from his offensive slumber, so did the Kansas State Wildcats.
Martin was quiet for much of Saturday night's game against Coppin State at Bramlage Coliseum, but then the senior forward hit a pair of 3-pointers in a span of less than 90 seconds during the second half to fuel a 14-4 Wildcat run in a 68-57 victory.
"At the end of the game he was really knocking down shots," fellow K-State senior Lance Harris said. "He had the hot hand, and he just stuck with it. Coach was on him pretty hard and he fought it out. He stayed with what he was doing and stayed focused with what he was trying to get done."
Martin finished the game with 13 points, becoming just the 19th player in K-State history to score more than 1,000 career points.
"I knew I could make shots. It's all about my preparation," said Martin, who has struggled shooting the ball for much of the season. "I talked to Coach Huggins and he helped me out with the little things I was doing wrong. He helped me get my shot back to where it once was. I was comfortable in there tonight. I know I can shoot; it's just a matter of making them."
For much of the night, the game was another study in shooting frustration for the Wildcats. K-State shot 38.5 percent from the field in the first half and fell behind the Eagles by 13 (21-8) in the opening 10 minutes. The Wildcats, now 4-1 on the season, finished the game shooting 46.9 percent after hitting 13 of 23 shots from the field in the second half (56.5 percent).
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