Angel Rodriguez scored 19 points and hit four three-pointers as K-State beat Lamar 79-55 in the opening round of the Preseason NIT on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum. The Cats forced 14 Cardinal turnovers en route to a 43-15 lead at halftime. K-State subbed liberally in the second half as they cruised to the victory. Will Spradling added 14 points for K-State (2-0), while Jordan Henriquez blocked six shots. Henriquez and DJ Johnson led the Cats with eight rebounds apiece. Lamar (0-1) was led by 17 points from Donley Minor.
K-State will face Alabama-Huntsville in the second round of the preseason NIT on Tuesday night at 9:00pm. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2, as the winner will get a berth in the preseason NIT semifinals and a trip to Madison Square Garden in New York City. The pregame from the K-State Sports Network begins at 8:00 on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and 101.5 K-Rock.
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