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Shocker report Shocker report (Nov. 15)

  • Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at 11:01 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at 1:15 p.m.

Thursday’s box score

WSU 79, W. Carolina 63

W. CAROLINAMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Tankelewicz224-80-10-21112
Sumler407-130-00-46018
Boggs305-120-00-14111
King345-131-15-70411
Ross152-30-22-3224
Hall90-00-00-0010
Brown50-10-00-0000
Harrelson50-10-00-0020
Brummitt40-00-00-0010
Mendenhall121-10-00-0022
Sinclair242-80-00-3355
Totals20026-601-410-24161963

Percentages: FG .433, FT .250. 3-Point Goals: 10-28, .357 (Sumler 4-7, Tankelewicz 4-8, Sinclair 1-4, Boggs 1-6, Brown 0-1, Harrelson 0-1, Ross 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 1 (Mendenhall). Turnovers: 13 (Boggs 4, Sumler 3, Sinclair 2, Harrelson, Brummitt, Tankelewicz, King). Steals: 4 (King 2, Brown, Tankelewicz). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Armstead201-20-00-4322
Wessel234-71-11-31211
Orukpe142-30-01-3104
Hall305-96-62-51216
Baker261-50-01-2303
Lufile71-20-00-1102
Williams171-32-20-1225
Early216-118-84-81021
Wiggins100-12-20-0002
Van Vleet170-27-80-4017
Cotton72-40-00-0104
White81-10-00-2022
Totals20024-5026-2713-39141179

Percentages: FG .480, FT .963. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Wessel 2-5, Williams 1-2, Early 1-4, Baker 1-5, Wiggins 0-1, Armstead 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 3 (Orukpe 2, Early). Turnovers: 14 (Armstead 5, White 2, Van Vleet, Hall, Wessel, Williams, Orukpe, Cotton). Steals: 8 (Baker 2, Williams, Cotton, Wiggins, Early, Armstead, Wessel). Technical Fouls: None.

W. Carolina

273663
Wichita St.463379

Att.–10,186. Officials–Doug Sirmons, Dan Nowakowski, Terry Oglesby.

No shots for you

Wichita State’s first four minutes of defense is worth a closer look. On a night when the Shockers didn’t like their consistency of effort, this slice of action serves as an example of what they can do.

Western Carolina’s troubles started with Brandon Boggs’ turnover on its first possession. The second ended when WSU’s Ron Baker stole the ball from Tom Tankelewicz. Malcolm Armstead stripped the ball from Trey Sumler on Western Carolina’s next trip. Then Armstead pressured Sumler hard enough that Sumler stepped on the half-court stripe for a fourth turnover.

Down 8-0, Catamounts coach Larry Hunter called timeout. His team hadn’t managed to get a shot in the air with 17:38 to play. After the timeout, Tankelewicz missed a three. Tawaski King rebounded, then slipped and shot from a half-crouch. WSU’s Ehimen Orukpe easily blocked the shot.

Western Carolina ended its misery when Boggs scored with 16:07 remaining.

“Our first half, there were some segments when we played pretty well,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “In the second half, though, just wasn’t quite what we desired. I thought Western Carolina battled all night.”

WSU’s Carl Hall knows exactly what the Shockers missed in the second half. The Catamounts beat them to some loose balls and kept cutting into the lead.

“We didn’t play like our hair was on fire,” Hall said.

Up and in

WSU’s 96.3-percent (26 of 27) accuracy from the foul line is the program’s best one-miss performance.

The Shockers own six perfect games, most recently 17 of 17 last season at Creighton. Thursday’s game ranks No. 7, moving past a 2010 effort at Missouri State in which they made 24 of 25.

Worth noting

WSU plays Howard on Saturday to continue the Cancun Challenge. In Mexico, WSU plays DePaul on Tuesday, then either Iowa or Western Kentucky on Wednesday in a four-team bracket. Howard and Western Carolina play off with Gardner-Webb and Austin Peay in Cancun.… Cleanthony Early made his first three of the season early in the game after missing his first five this season.… New York Mets pitcher and former Shocker Mike Pelfrey attended the game.… WSU improved to 2-0 vs. Western Carolina.… WSU president John Bardo worked as chancellor at Western Carolina from 1995-2011.

— Paul Suellentrop

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