On Monday night in Manhattan, KS the Wildcats took care of business against Lamar. That same night Division-II Alabama Huntsville shocked mid-major darling North Texas by beating them 78-75. On Tuesday evening those two victorious schools tipped off against one another. K-State was looking to defend their home court, while Alabama Huntsville was looking to pull of their second upset in as many days.
For the Chargers who were the sizable underdog it was clear very early on in the game that lightning was not going to strike twice in their favor. The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead before UAH guard Jamie Smith hit a jump shot to make it 7-2. Then another 12-0 run made the score 19-2 at the 11:33 mark in the game. It was all but over. K-State went into the half with a 47-11 lead, led by 56 points with 6 minutes left in the game and wound up with a 87-26 victory.
Junior guard Shane Southwell paced the Cats scoring with 16 and was 4-5 on his three point attempts. Rodney McGruder (11), Will Spradling (10) and Angel Rodriguez (10) also finished in double digits on the night. Weber did his best to ease up on their opponent as no Wildcat played more than 20 minutes in the game but there was little he could do. Kansas State shot 55.7% on the night (34-61) and hit 9 of 19 three point attempts.
Three UAH players scored 4 points a piece with Smith having the “best” night adding 4 rebounds and 5 assists to his stat line. As a team they shot a woeful 16.4% (9-55) from the floor and 3-33 from beyond the arc. It was just one of those nights for the Chargers and the game got away from them quickly.
As with all of their other opponents in the early going, Kansas State simply outclassed Alabama Huntsville in terms of talent and depth. There is little doubt in my mind that their D-II opponents last night were also emotionally exhausted and spent after pulling such a massive upset on North Texas the night before.
Kansas State will take on the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens next Wednesday on the 21st at Madison Square Garden in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Before they head to New York, however, they will face off against the North Florida Ospreys (1-1).
Alabama Huntsville will next face Trevecca Nazarene at home on the 17th.