Manhattan The formula was simple for Kansas State on Saturday night: Get to the free-throw line, keep Stephen F. Austin off the free-throw line, and play solid defense.
Coach Jim Wooldridge said the Wildcats accomplished all three.
Cartier Martin tied a career high with 24 points, and Kansas State went on a late run to hold off the Lumberjacks, 71-54.
The Wildcats enjoyed a healthy advantage from the free-throw line, making 22 of 28 shots to 0-of-5 for Stephen F. Austin. They also held the Lumberjacks to 31 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers.
"Those three factors were good enough to help us win that ballgame tonight," said Wooldridge, who also picked up his 300th career victory.
A lot of Kansas State's defense was thanks to Dramane Diarra, who tied Tony Kitt's school record of six blocked shots, set against Kansas University in 1999. The 6-foot-8 forward added six points and four rebounds after missing all of last season because of a nagging ankle injury.
"He was great at getting that done tonight," Wooldridge said. "We don't have a lot of big guys on this team. He was active, he got off his feet quick. That was good to see."
David Hoskins added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (3-0), who led by 16 in the second half before Stephen F. Austin sliced the lead to single digits with 11 minutes to go.
Anthony Paez had 13 points and Josh Alexander 11 to lead Stephen F. Austin (2-1). Marcus Clark added 12 assists.
Hoskins, a transfer from Schoolcraft College in Michigan, came off the bench for the third straight game and again was a force inside. He has scored in double figures in each game.
"It's what's going on right now. I can't say I like coming off the bench," said Hoskins, who has been slowed by a bruised knee. "But it's working, and you can't fix something that's working."
The Wildcats also got a big lift in the transition game, taking advantage of Diarra's blocked shots.
"Jim has this team on the cusp of getting to the NCAA Tournament," Stephen F. Austin coach Danny Kaspar said. "They beat us up physically in every way."
No. 2 Texas 90, Louisiana-Monroe 55
Austin, Texas - P.J. Tucker hit all nine of his shots, including his first career three-pointer, scoring 19 points and leading Texas.
After tough victories over No. 13 West Virginia and No. 18 Iowa, the Longhorns (5-0) coasted past the overmatched Indians.
LaMarcus Aldridge had his fifth consecutive double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Texas shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded Louisiana-Monroe, 41-28.
Cecil Hood led LMU (3-3) with 15 points.
No. 5 Oklahoma 81, Belmont 59
Norman, Okla. - Terrell Everett scored 17 points, tied a career-high with nine assists and keyed a 14-0 second-half run for Oklahoma.
After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, the Bruins (2-1) got within 47-35 on Josh Goodwin's three-pointer from the top of the key early in the second half.
Everett was fouled driving to the basket on Oklahoma's next possession and hit one of two free throws to start a string of 14 straight points for the Sooners (3-0).
No. 10 Boston College 76, Oklahoma State 68
Las Vegas - Jared Dudley scored 24 points, including 11 in the final 4:24, to lead Boston College (5-0) in the championship game of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational. David Monds had 15 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma State (4-1), and Bryon Eaton had 14 points.
Texas A&M; 83, Tulane 57
College Station, Texas - Joseph Jones scored 20 points, and Acie Law added another 10 to help lead Texas A&M; (3-0). The game was a benefit for the Tulane athletes affected by Hurricane Katrina, with Tulane (1-1) listed as the official home team while A&M; wore its road jerseys.
Texas Tech 76, Morehead State 42
Lubbock, Texas - Jarrius Jackson scored 27 points, and Martin Zeno had 15 for Texas Tech (4-2), which held the Eagles (1-2) scoreless for an eight-minute stretch in the second half.
Colorado 73, St. Mary's 54
Denver - Richard Roby scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half, and Colorado (2-1) cruised past the Gaels (1-1).