Kansas State muscles way past Lamar 79-55

ASHLEY DUNKAK (Associated Press)
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Kansas State muscles way past Lamar 79-55
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Kansas State coach Bruce Weber reacts to a foul call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Lamar, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Angel Rodriguez scored 19 points and Will Spradling added 14 as Kansas State defeated Lamar 79-55 in a Preseason NIT game on Monday night.

The game got out of hand early as the Wildcats (2-0) took a 43-15 lead into halftime after dominating the paint and capitalizing on 14 first-half turnovers by the Cardinals.

Donley Minor scored 17 points and Rhon Mitchell 15 for Lamar (0-1).

The Wildcats owned the boards at both ends in the first half, limiting Lamar to five offensive rebounds. The Cardinals had just four second-chance points and were outscored 18-6 in the paint during the first 20 minutes.

Kansas State opened up the game with a 15-0 run as Rodriguez and Spradling each drained 3-pointers. Lamar committed six turnovers in the first eight minutes.