They never had a chance.
Well, after the Mustangs' 2-0 lead disintegrated with Trent Bowman's 3-pointer, they never had a chance ... a deuce down low from Bowman, a 3 from DeAndre Lansdowne, another deuce from Bowman.
Devin Stewart, one of the few, if not only, trouble spots for the Skyhawks, scored a fast-break layup to stop the 10-0 gap.
A jumper from Ryan Jameson, a left-handed hook shot from Kirk Archibeque, penetration from Jordan Brooks, and another 6-0 gap and it's 16-4 in the first 7 minutes of the game.
"Yeah, that was pretty good," Fort Lewis College men's basketball coach Bob Hofman said after Saturday night's 30-point victory.
"That was one of the better sustained efforts we've had this season."
Fort Lewis defeated Western New Mexico, its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division counterpart, 83-53 on Saturday at Whalen Gym.
Typically tough competition, Hofman put a bullet next to the blowout.
"They were really road weary," he said. "At Chadron: win. At Kearney: win. At Adams State: win. And then they were sitting around (Friday) in between games waiting for Saturday. They've basically been on the road for two weeks."
Western New Mexico entered Saturday night's game with a four-game win streak, three of the aforementioned victories on the road.
They won at Chadron, Neb., on Jan. 15 and at Kearney, Neb., on Jan. 17, the Mustangs' longest road trip from Silver City, N.M., more than 15 hours and 1,000 miles.
They won at Alamosa on Thursday.
Fort Lewis didn't waste any time trying Western's legs.
"Once their No. 12 got two quick fouls, we were able to stretch our lead," Hofman said of Stewart. "He's really tough to guard.
"That set the tone."
Noticeably smaller than Fort Lewis, Western's first-half philosophy was to collapse on Archibeque every time the 6-foot-9, 255-pound center touched the ball.
Western's post spotted Archibeque 5 inches in the paint.
"Give credit to Kirk, because every time he touched the ball there were three guys on him," Hofman said. "He always found the open man."
Archibeque quickly passed out of the triple-team, and his quick touches set up the extra pass and the open looks.
Fort Lewis rarely missed - 50 percent in the first half, 52 percent in the second, 51 percent in the game.
"Kirk got triple-teamed, and that opened it up for everybody else," Skyhawks point guard Jordan Brooks said. "When they triple-team our big guy, we gotta make 'em pay."
Fort Lewis led 36-23 at halftime, then Bowman, after Western was spotted a quick layup, hit a 3 to again trigger the Skyhawks' offense.
Everything worked - high, low, above the rim.
Well, almost everything worked.
On a rare miss, Lansdowne shorted an alley-oop from Brooks midway through the second half.
Less than a minute later, the two made good with Lansdowne oopin' a reverse dunk on Brooks' alley.
Still, the damage was done, irreparably.
Tied for second in the RMAC with five double-doubles and tied for first with one triple-double, Brooks checked out of the game at the 5-minute mark with a 20-point-plus lead and one assist shy of Fort Lewis' first-ever home triple-double.
"Ah, man. That wasn't his side," Brooks said of Lansdowne's missed dunk once the thought of the would-be triple-double had escaped him. "If we were on the other side, his other foot ...
"De-Andre! De-Andre!" he said as he chased down his teammate at midcourt after the game. "You cost me another triple-double, man!"
Lansdowne humored his teammate by making his way back to the northwest corner of the gym, as if to recreate the alley-oop that got away.
All joking aside, though, Brooks meant business.
"We came in focusing on the defensive side of the ball," he said. "We know we've got the offense, but if we're going to win championships, which is our goal, then we've got to do it on the defensive side."
Western shot just 32 percent from the floor, 19-for-59.
Steve Berrelleza led the Mustangs with 12 points, while back-to-back RMAC West player of the week DJ Nicholas had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Stewart finished with eight points.
Brooks, who finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists, led all five starting Skyhawks in double figures with 20 points.