— MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State never really expected to play Alabama-Huntsville on Tuesday night.
New coach Bruce Weber sent his team home following a victory over Lamar the previous night, roughly at halftime of the Division II school's game against North Texas. When the Chargers upset the Mean Green, it left the Wildcats scrambling to put together a game plan.
Turns out they didn't need one.
Shane Southwell had 16 points to lead four players in double-figure scoring, and Kansas State rolled over Alabama-Huntsville 87-26 to reach the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The 61-point margin of victory matched a school record set in 1991.
"We didn't really get together until about 2:30 this afternoon," Weber said. "The players did a good job. We spent about an hour and a half learning how to guard them."
It looked like they had spent months.
Kansas State (3-0) raced out to a 19-2 lead over Alabama-Huntsville (2-1), stretched it to 47-11 by the break, and pushed the advantage to 50 by midway through the second half before coasting down the stretch to its 38th consecutive non-conference win at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Chargers, who upset North Texas the previous night for arguably the biggest win in school history, didn't have any player score more than four points. They committed 14 turnovers, shot 16.4 percent from the field and were a ghastly 3 of 33 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Alabama-Huntsville barely eclipsed the record for fewest points by an opponent inside Kansas State's on-campus arena. Savannah State scored 25 points during the 2008 season.
"Obviously it was the perfect storm tonight. We hit a buzz-saw in every way," Alabama-Huntsville coach Lennie Acuff said. "It was what I was concerned about coming in."
Rodney McGruder finished with 11 points for the Wildcats. Angel Rodriguez and Will Spradling each had 10, as all 13 players who took the floor for Kansas State managed to score.