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Wichita State gets past Missouri State 74-67 WSU’s road dominance continues

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at 11:02 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at 9:29 a.m.

Shocker report

Wednesday’s box score

Wichita State (74)

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Smith

35

7-13

2-2

1-4

2

1

21

Stutz

33

10-14

4-5

2-11

1

3

25

Ragland

23

4-6

0-0

0-2

4

2

10

Williams

33

0-2

0-0

1-1

5

2

0

Murry

30

3-11

4-4

2-4

2

3

10

Orukpe

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Hall

24

3-5

0-1

2-6

2

3

6

Kyles

15

0-4

0-0

0-2

0

0

0

Cotton

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

White

3

0-0

2-2

0-0

0

0

2

Totals

200

27-55

12-14

9-31

16

14

74

Percentages: FG .491, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Smith 5-9, Ragland 2-3, Stutz 1-2, Murry 0-3, Kyles 0-4). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 3 (Hall 2, Stutz). Turnovers: 10 (Ragland 3, Murry 2, Hall 2, Smith, Kyles, Stutz). Steals: 4 (Williams 2, Murry 2). Technical Fouls: None.

Missouri State (67)

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Gulley

30

6-9

2-4

2-6

3

4

14

Weems

35

7-15

2-3

1-4

3

3

21

Kirk

16

2-5

0-0

0-2

1

2

4

Downing

35

4-10

3-3

0-2

1

3

13

Bizoukas

33

1-5

0-0

0-4

6

0

2

Pickens

26

5-7

2-2

3-4

2

2

12

Scheer

6

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Copeland

5

0-4

1-2

0-1

0

0

1

Rhine

14

0-1

0-0

1-1

0

1

0

Totals

200

25-56

10-14

8-27

16

15

67

Percentages: FG .446, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Weems 5-9, Downing 2-7, Pickens 0-1, Copeland 0-2, Bizoukas 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 10 (Downing 2, Gulley 2, Bizoukas 2, Kirk, Rhine, Pickens, Weems). Steals: 5 (Weems 2, Gulley 2, Pickens). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita St.

34

40

74

Missouri St.

36

31

67

Att.–7,666. Officials–Mark Whitehead, Randy McCall, Mike Thibodeaux.

In memory

Fans, coaches and players observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of former Bears coach Charlie Spoonhour. Spoonhour, 72, died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina. He coached the Bears from 1983-92 and helped usher the program from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. He went 197-81 with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

He also coached at Saint Louis and UNLV, compiling a record of 373-202 in 19 seasons as a Division I coach. In recent years he was an analyst for MVC television network games.

He is from Mulberry. Spoonhour is survived by his wife, Vicki, and sons Jay and Stephen. Jay Spoonhour is coach at Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College.

Swishes feel good

WSU needed a shooter to step up after it went 7 of 25 from three-point range in Saturday’s loss at Drake.

Somebody was due to get hot, and Ben Smith was that somebody. In four previous games, Smith went 1 for 12 from three-point range.

Wednesday, he went 5 for 9.

“It felt real good,” Smith said. “My coaches and teammates always try to encourage me that I can shoot. You’ve just got to have that confidence.”

Teammate David Kyles could use some of that confidence. He missed all four of his threes after missing eight at Drake.

“I’d like DK to make a shot,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “I need him to make a shot. I’m going to continue to go with him, when he’s in there. If he’s in, that’s what he’s got to do, because that’s what he does.”

Worth noting

MSU wears gray jerseys at home, forcing WSU to wear yellow Wednesday. The Bears are 0-3 in the gray this season.…The Shockers won at JQH Arena for the second time in three seasons.… Smith’s 21 points came up one short of his career high.… WSU’s Carl Hall came off the bench for the first time since Nov. 18 against Alabama.

— Paul Suellentrop

— It took the usual ingredients for Wichita State to get its road karma going again. A lot of Garrett Stutz. A three-point shooter got hot. A long stretch of good defense and rebounding.

Those are the main reasons the Shockers are 7-1 away from home, and Saturday’s triple-overtime loss to Drake didn’t change anything. WSU rebounded with a 74-67 win over Missouri State on Wednesday night at JQH Arena to remain one game behind Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

“It was a kind of downer up there, and no one wants to lose a triple-overtime game on the road, especially when we should have won,” Stutz said of Drake. “We got back to doing what we’re used to doing. Whenever we start making shots, we’re a very quality team.”

WSU (19-4, 10-2 MVC) didn’t hit MSU (13-11, 6-6) with its best stuff until the second half. Then it wobbled in the final minutes, giving the Bears life with turnovers. In between, WSU hammered the Bears in the lane with Stutz and found Ben Smith for outside shots. Stutz scored 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Smith added 21, making 5 of 9 threes.

“When they busted it up to a 12-point lead, we were getting kind of tired,” MSU forward Kyle Weems said. “We weren’t getting back in transition. Then when we fought back, it was a little bit too late.”

The Bears made 15 of 23 shots in the first half and led 36-34. The Shockers made some adjustments in the second half and did a better job keeping MSU’s slashers from getting easy shots. The Bears missed five of their first six shots in the second half and committed two early turnovers. Smith made two threes and Stutz dunked for a 46-39 lead.

WSU played some zone to disrupt MSU’s flow. They took away Jarmar Gulley’s right hand after he scored 10 first-half points and held him to four in the second half. Keith Pickens scored 10 in the first half and two in the second.

“They were getting point-blank looks with 6-foot-5 athletes that can’t really shoot it great,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “But they’re certainly slashers that can score inside.”

When WSU’s defense earned some stops, Stutz and Smith built a lead.

Smith scored 15 points in the second half, making three threes. Stutz, not double-teamed as frequently as in many games, scored 12. He took advantage of the absence of MSU center Caleb Patterson, out with a sprained right ankle, to record his third straight game of 20 or more points. Stutz again showed his expanding repertoire of moves. In the first half, he made a three for the second game in a row. Early in the second half, he faked a three-pointer, faked a pass and drove to the rim for a dunk. He slammed in a David Kyles miss with two hands for a 57-48 lead.

“He’s been working on off-the-dribble,” Weems said. “You saw him make a couple drives to the basket. He’s using the shot fake well. You can tell he’s been working on his game.”

WSU led 60-48 with 9:15 to play. It led 68-60 with 3:36 remaining after Smith made two free throws. After a Gulley miss, Pickens stole an outlet pass by Stutz and Weems sank a three-pointer.

Instead of pulling away, the Shockers had to fight for survival. After a timeout, WSU had to settle for an off-balance shot by Toure Murry late in the shot clock. The Bears beat the Shockers downcourt and Anthony Downing’s jumper cut the lead to 68-65. Murry then missed a runner in the lane, giving MSU the ball with a chance to tie.

Downing missed a three and Pickens rebounded. After Weems, guarded closely by Smith, missed a three, the rebounded bounced long toward the top of the key. Smith dove on the loose ball and forced a jump ball, with possession going to the Shockers with 1:05 remaining.

The Bears fouled three straight times to get WSU to the foul line. Murry made two with 46.7 seconds to play. Stutz made his two with 30 seconds and Murry sank two more with 11 seconds remaining.

Weems led MSU with 21 points.

Neither team could take charge in the first half.

WSU trailed 26-20 before it quickly quieted the crowd of 7,666. Smith’s three cut the deficit in half. Carl Hall scored over Weems to make it 26-25. Then Hall scored on an inbounds play to give WSU a one-point lead.

Weems didn’t stay quiet for long. He made a three over Demetric Williams when the Shockers went to a zone defense, putting the Bears up 29-27. He scored the final points of the half to put MSU ahead 36-34. Weems, Pickens and Gulley each scored 10 points in the half. Stutz led WSU with 13.

Check Paul Suellentrop’s Shocker blog at blogs.kansas.com/shockwaves. Reach him at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com.

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