Dec 08, 2019 11:00 AM

Howard, Cain help Marquette hold off Kansas State

Posted Dec 08, 2019 11:00 AM

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Markus Howard is the name everyone knows for Marquette this season, but it was a few role players who made the difference on Saturday night.


Jamal Cain had career-high 17 points, Sacar Anim scored 13 and Marquette beat Kansas State 73-65.

“Everyone we put in made winning plays,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said. “When Kansas State was making their runs, Jamal came up with numerous hustle plays. Our bench was a huge part of this win.”


Howard came into the game listed as questionable but played 28 minutes and scored 19 points after not playing in their last game against Jacksonville on Wednesday night.


“The emphasis they put on Markus wasn’t a surprise,” Wojciechowski said. “Remember, that is the first contact Markus has had in five days. We didn’t even know he was going to be cleared today until this morning.”


The Golden Eagles (7-2) held off a comeback attempt by the Wildcats after leading by as many as 14 in the second half.

“This was as tough as we’ve played up to this point of the season,” Wojciechowski said. “We needed all of it to beat a good Kansas State team.”

Cartier Diarra had 14 points, Xavier Sneed and Makol Mawien scored 11 apiece and DaJuan Gordon had 10 points for Kansas State (5-3). The Wildcats hit seven 3-pointers and shot 32% overall.

“This is all new for us,” head coach Bruce Weber said. “There’s new roles and I wish it was easier, but it hasn’t come as easy as we all had hoped and I just hope we make some strides.”

Kansas State made just 18 of 30 from the free throw line while Marquette hit 11 of 16.

Marquette led 52-49 with nine minutes to go but went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 10.

The Golden Eagles hit 12 3’s and shot 42% from the field but committed 18 turnovers, which allowed Kansas State to hang around.

Kansas State made 5-of-12 free throws and shot 26% from the field before halftime.

The Golden Eagles ended the first half on a 9-1 run and led 39-26 at the break.

“The problem was we shouldn’t have been down 13 at halftime,” Weber said. “Now you have to fight back and use all that energy. They made a lot of big shots.”

Marquette has a nice break before taking on Grambling State in 10 days. They don’t face another Power Five school until conference play begins in January.

“What a great home court and atmosphere for college basketball,” Wojciechowski said. “We feel fortunate to come out of here with a win.”

BIG PICTURE

Marquette: The Golden Eagles hit a big shot every time they needed one. Howard gets most of the attention, but there are many good shooters on this team.


Kansas State: The Wildcats were tested at home for the first time this season. They need to be much better at the free throw line if they want to win close games.

UP NEXT

Marquette has 10 days off before hosting Grambling State on Dec. 17.

Kansas State hosts Alabama State on Wednesday night.

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Dec 08, 2019 11:00 AM
Fifteen Wildcats named to Coaches' All-Big 12 teams


MANHATTAN, Kan. – With five Wildcats landing on the first or second teams – including Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year Joshua Youngblood – a total of 15 Kansas State players picked up accolades from the Big 12 as the conference announced the coaches’ All-Big 12 football selections on Wednesday.

 

Youngblood, who was also the first-team kick returner, was joined by fullback Nick Lenners and defensive end Wyatt Hubert for top honors, while K-State’s second-team selections were offensive lineman Scott Frantz and punter Devin Anctil. Anctil earned his second-straight All-Big 12 accolade as he was an honorable mention pick last year, while the other four were honored for the first time in their careers.

 

Ten other Wildcats earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 accolades in running back James Gilbert, defensive back Denzel Goolsby, offensive linemen Adam Holtorf and Nick Kaltmayer, place kicker Blake Lynch, defensive back AJ Parker, wide receiver Dalton Schoen, linebacker Elijah Sullivan, quarterback Skylar Thompson and defensive end Reggie Walker. Walker was a 2017 Second Team All-Big 12 pick, while the rest of the group earned their first All-Big 12 honor.

 

Additionally, Hubert earned votes for the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year awards, while wide receiver Malik Knowles earned votes for Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

 

A native of Tampa, Florida, Youngblood is the first freshman in Big 12 history to be named the Big 12 Player of the Year on offense, defense or special teams. It is the fifth time that a Wildcat earned the league’s top special teams honors since the award was established in 2005, joining Morgan Burns (2015), Tyler Lockett (2013 and 2014) and Brandon Banks (2009).

 

Youngblood finished the regular season with a nation-leading three kickoff-return touchdowns, a mark that ranks third in both Big 12 and school history and first among freshmen. His kickoff-return average of 38.1 yards leads the conference by 12.0 yards per return, while he would rank first nationally if he had two more attempts to meet the NCAA’s required minimum.

 

Hubert finished the year with 30 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks, the latter two categories ranking eighth and second in the Big 12, respectively. A product of Topeka, Kansas, Hubert carded a pair of two-sack games – at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech – while he had 2.0 TFLs on three occasions. A sophomore, he has 11.5 career sacks, which are tied for the second most by a Wildcat prior to his junior season.

 

Lenners, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, has helped lead the way for a rushing attack that is averaging 189.0 yards per game to rank fourth in the Big 12. He finished the regular season with 13 catches for 163 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown reception against TCU. His catches were the most by a Wildcat fullback or tight end since Zach Trujillo had 19 in 2014, while his receiving yards are the most among those positions since Winston Dimel had 261 yards in 2015.

 

Frantz has started all 50 games at left tackle since the 2016 season opener, the most nationally among active Power 5 offensive linemen and tied for the third most among K-State offensive linemen since 1990. Anctil leads the Big 12 and ranks 16th nationally with a 46.0-yard average, a mark that currently ranks first in school history.

 

Finishing with eight regular-season wins for the first time since 2016, K-State will learn of its bowl destination and opponent this Sunday. Kansas State’s official bowl announcement will be made on Twitter (@KStateFB) and the official athletics website, www.kstatesports.comFans can preorder bowl tickets by visiting the K-State Bowl Information page by clicking here.

 

Coaches’ All-Big 12 Teams (Kansas State)

Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year: Joshua Youngblood (KR/PR).

First Team: Nick Lenners (FB), Joshua Youngblood (KR/PK), Wyatt Hubert (DL).

Second Team: Scott Frantz (OL), Devin Anctil (P).

Honorable Mention: James Gilbert (RB), Denzel Goolsby (DB), Adam Holtorf (OL), Wyatt Hubert (Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year), Nick Kaltmayer (OL), Malik Knowles (Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year), Blake Lynch (PK), AJ Parker (DB), Dalton Schoen (WR), Elijah Sullivan (LB), Skylar Thompson (QB), Reggie Walker (DL).

 

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RYAN LACKEY

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K-State Athletics

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