March 19, 2007

K-State's season ends with loss to DePaul

Forty-five combined points from David Hoskins and Cartier Martin plus a rowdy, sold-out crowd at Bramlage Coliseum wasn't enough to get Kansas State past DePaul in a second round NIT matchup Monday night.

The hot-shooting Blue Demons (20-13) found a way to answer everything K-State (23-12) threw at them and ended the Wildcats' season by earning a 70-65 victory.

DePaul, who now advances to face Air Force, led by 10 on four separate occasions in the second half, the latest with 4:27 remaining in the contest, but K-State didn't wilt.

Only this time the Wildcats didn't have quite enough to overcome their late deficit in the manner they did in the first round against Vermont, in large part because DePaul shot 73 percent from the field after the break.

"They were 11 for 15 from the field in the second half. It's hard to beat people when they are 11 of 15 from the field," Wildcat Coach Bob Huggins said. "I was really proud of our guys. We were down 10 and didn't quit. If we get a rebound late on a free throw it's a one-possession game and we can tie it up."

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