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Offense keeps Shockers rolling in win over Evansville Efficient offense keys eighth straight win

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at 11:52 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 2:24 p.m.

WSU beats Evansville 86-74 at Koch Arena Wednesday

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Shocker report

Wednesday’s box

Evansville (74)


Percentages: FG .433, FT .773. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Ryan 3-7, Harris 1-1, Holmes 1-4, Cox 0-1, Nelson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 3 (Harris 2, Cesnulevicius). Turnovers: 10 (Cox 3, Ryan 3, Cesnulevicius, Harris, Nelson, Taylor). Steals: 4 (Harris 2, Cesnulevicius, Ryan). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita State (86)


Percentages: FG .630, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Ragland 1-1, Williams 1-1, Murry 1-2, Kyles 1-3, Stutz 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 7 (Murry 3, Stutz 2, Orukpe, Kyles). Turnovers: 12 (Murry 4, Hall 2, Orukpe 2, Stutz 2, Williams). Steals: 4 (Murry 2, Williams, Kyles). Technical Fouls: None.

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Att.–10,219. Officials–David Hall, Bo Borowski, Jeff Malham.

Century mark

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall won his 100th game as a Shocker, getting to that mark in 158 games in four-plus sesaons.

He is the fourth to do so, and only Gene Smithson (142) did it faster.

“At the end of each day, you’re glad he is on your side and you’re not going against him,” WSU center Garrett Stutz said. “Some days you hate him. Some days you wish he would leave you alone. He’s a great coach.”

Marshall also went 194-83 in nine seasons at Winthrop, making his career totals 294-141.

At WSU, only Ralph Miller (220-133), Smithson (155-81) and Mark Turgeon (128-90) own more wins. It took Miller 165 games and Turgeon 171 to reach 100.

“He’s a great coach for us,” WSU guard Toure Murry said. “He pushes us every day. He has many more to come.”

Back to play

Marshall found out this afternoon that Stutz would play. He missed Saturday’s game against Southern Illinois with a strained rhomboid muscle, a back injury that hurt his movement and affected his ability to move his left arm.

“They told me at shoot-around,” Marshall said. “He felt really good, and getting better. Hopefully, we didn’t have a setback tonight.”

If so Stutz didn’t reveal anything.

“I don’t really want to talk about the injury right now,” he said. “I’ve been answering questions for the last week about it. Nothing’s really changed. we’ll just go from here.”

The time off from practice did have consequences on the defensive end when Stutz said he read the wrong play and gave up a basket or two. On offense, he looked fresn and sharp.

“I blew a couple of defensive assignments,” he said. “It’s not fun to do it. I’d much rather be prepared and go through all the practices.”

Stutz is 21 of 25 from the field in two games against Evansville this season, averaging 26 points.

On the line

WSU outscored Evansville 24-17 at the line, its seventh straight edge in that statistic. In the previous matchup with Evansville, both teams made 11 free throws.

The Shockers are taking maximum advantage of their time at the line. In their past six games, they are 111 of 144 (77.1 percent) from the line.

Evansville entered the game outscoring its opponents 368-293 at the line.

Worth noting

WSU defeated the Aces for the 11th straight time in Wichita and won for the 16th time in the past 19 meetings. Shocker guard David Kyles scored 12 points off the bench, his fourth game in double figures in the past five. Kyles is 11 of 23 from three-poinnt range in those games. WSU’s eight-game win streak matches one earlier in the season. Its longest streak under Marshall is nine games in 2009-10.

— Paul Suellentrop

Wichita State’s offensive efficiency hit another high mark against a team that traditionally gives the Shockers fits with scrappy defense.

Evansville didn’t offer much resistance on Wednesday in an 86-74 loss at Koch Arena. WSU remained in a tie with Creighton for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference and won its eighth striaght game with center Garrett Stutz back from a one-game absence due to a back injury.

WSU (18-3, 9-1 MVC) shot a season-high 63 percent from the field, fueled by Stutz’s mismatches in the lane and fast breaks created by missed shots and speedy Shocker guards. Stutz scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Evansville (10-10, 5-5) tried to guard him with two freshmen.

“It was great, great to have the big fella back,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He is so important to what we do.”

Stutz scored 29 points in the first meeting with the Aces and WSU went right back to that plan. He scored 10 of WSU’s first 19 points. He finished the first half with 15 points, most coming on dunks and layups. When he wasn’t open immediately, he moved quicky to counter Evansville’s double teams.

“Coach really made it an emphasis to get the ball inside, especially in the first half,” Stutz said.

The Shockers also made four three-pointers in the first half to build a 51-34 lead. It all added up to an offensive surge that overwhelmed the Aces.

“They spread you out and they’re so aggressive,” Aces coach Marty Simmons said. “They just out-executed us. We’re not one to give up a lot of layups. We gave up a lot of layups.”

In the first half, WSU made 19 of 26 shots, feasting on fast breaks and open shots that came early in possessions. They ran after missed shots by Evansville and rarely allowed the Aces to set their defense.

“That’s huge,” Marshall said. “When you score 51 points, you’re not doing it all on sets plays and motion offense. We were able to pound it in on some of our quicks. Our guys were finding each other.”

WSU’s defense set up many of those easy baskets. Demetric Williams and Toure Murry did most of the defensive work on guard Colt Ryan, who entered the game averaging 21.2 points. He scored 17, making 6 of 18 shots. He shot a mere two free throws, around six fewer than his average.

Marshall said he knew the game was over when Murry forced Ryan into an airball late in the game. The Shockes led 80-66 when Ryan shot from the top of the key. Murry got a hand right at the ball, causing Ryan to adjust and come up short.

“Colt Ryan is a tough player, and he knows how to use screens,” Murry said. “I just try to maneuver through them, right behind him, and contest without fouling.”

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