K-State Gets Defensive in 85-25 Rout

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -Shot after shot clanged off the rim. Passes went to the wrong team, leading to easy baskets at the other end.

Fans started yelling ``Mercy bucket!'' in hopes that Savannah State could find some way to get the ball in the basket at least once.

Finally, one did, though it wasn't enough to avoid the record books.

Kansas State set two NCAA records and tied another by holding Savannah State to four points in the second half in an 85-25 rout Monday night.

Kansas State (10-4) hounded the Tigers on the perimeter and pushed them away from the basket inside from the opening tip, holding them without a field goal during a seven-minute span of the first half to build a 16-point lead.

But that was nothing.

Savannah State (8-13) missed its first 15 shots of the second half, falling behind 72-25 as Kansas State opened with a 35-1 run. Joseph Flegler finally ended the drought with 5:48 left, hitting a 3-pointer from the wing, and the Tigers figured to at least get a couple more baskets.

But nothing else fell.

The Tigers finished the second half 1-for-23, breaking the NCAA record for worst shooting percentage and fewest points in a half since the shot clock was introduced in 1986. The one field goal also tied the mark for fewest in a half.

The previous records were set just last week, when Pennsylvania went 1-for-17 (5.9 percent) and scored six points in a 60-30 loss to Florida Gulf Coast. Savannah State shot 15.5 percent overall, making just nine field goals - four from 3-point range.

Kansas State set records for lowest shooting percentage by an opponent and fewest points allowed and missed the record for largest margin of victory by one point.

The defensive show overshadowed an impressive performance by Michael Beasley, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds on the heels of the worst game in his short college career.

One of the best players in the country so far this season, Beasley leads the nation in rebounding and ranking in the top five in scoring. But after 12 straight double-doubles, the burly freshman had a letdown against Xavier in his last game, hitting just 1-of-6 shots and scoring five points, never a factor from the opening tip.

Beasley was back to being his dominating self against Savannah State, hitting an array of midrange jumpers, bulling his way to the basket for lay-ups and three-point plays. He shot 9-of-11 and made all seven of his free throws, helping the Wildcats close out their nonconference schedule with an easy win.

Bill Walker and Dominique Sutton added 12 points each for Kansas State.

Flegler had eight to lead Savannah State.