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Shocker report Shocker report (Nov. 20)

  • Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at 11:17 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 12:43 p.m.

Tuesday’s box score

WSU 75, DePaul 62

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Percentages: FG .306, FT .711. 3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (Morgan 3-8, Young 1-4, Clahar 1-6, Melvin 0-1, Kirk 0-1, McDonald 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 4 (Melvin, Clemons, Robertson Jr., Morgan). Turnovers: 16 (Clahar 4, McKinney 4, Morgan 2, Young 2, McDonald 2, Melvin, McGhee). Steals: 6 (Melvin 2, Clahar 2, McKinney 2). Technical Fouls: Young.

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Percentages: FG .431, FT .577. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Williams 2-4, Armstead 1-2, Wessel 1-2, Wiggins 0-1, Van Vleet 0-1, Baker 0-2, Early 0-2, Cotton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 6 (Hall 3, Baker 2, Early). Turnovers: 11 (Orukpe 2, Baker 2, Armstead 2, Early, Van Vleet, Williams, Hall). Steals: 9 (Williams 4, Armstead 3, Hall, Cotton). Technical Fouls: Williams.


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Att.–NA. Officials–Bill Ek, James Schipper, Mike Maslona.

Hard to be humble

WSU coach Gregg Marshall wasn’t happy after Saturday’s 69-50 win over Howard. His mood improved as the Shockers practiced hard. Tuesday’s win will also help.

“Coach Marshall just wanted us to be more humble and know we had a lot more tough teams coming along,” senior guard Demetric Williams said. “He wanted us to stay hungry. He felt like the lack of competition we had the last couple games was making us feel like we already accomplished something.”

Marshall challenged the Shockers after the Howard game, telling them they can’t turn their effort on and off.

“He let us know we can’t get anywhere half-stepping and playing to our competition level,” guard Malcolm Armstead said.

The Shockers stepped up to the Big East competition just fine on Tuesday. They out-rebounded DePaul 45-41 and blocked six shots. In a physical, foul-marred game, WSU’s depth and strength held up fine.

“Rebounds at the end, we looked like we were well above the rim,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.

Home remedy

Armstead doesn’t feel right, although it is hard to tell after he scored 17 points against DePaul.

His chest is congested. His sinuses bother him. He coughs a lot. He is sleeping in a hooded sweatshirt to try to chase the bad stuff out of his body.

“I’m still a little exhausted,” he said. “I’m not sure what it is. I’m trying to sweat it out without conditioning and running.”

Have this dance

Cancun Challenge games are played in the Galactic Ballroom on the second floor of Moon Palace Resort’s Sunrise hotel, one of three hotels on the ocean-front property.

It’s a unique atmosphere, even for a tropical tournament. Fans can eat from from a buffet line. Waiters work the bleachers to bring drinks. Teams dress and watch film in small conference rooms adjacent to the main ballroom. A smaller ballroom serves as a practice gym.

One thing wasn’t unique for the Shockers. Their fans again traveled in large numbers, many more than DePaul or Western Kentucky and even out-numbering Iowa fans. Near the end of the win over DePaul, they chanted “MVC, MVC.”

“The fans, they do a lot,” Armstead said. “That’s always a plus. Sometimes when you’re down, you’re fatigued, they give you energy.”

Iowa wins

Iowa defeated Western Kentucky 63-55 to advance to the championship game. Guard Mike Gesell scored 19 points for the Hawkeyes (5-0), who won despite committing 18 turnovers.

Western Kentucky (2-2) shot 33.3 percent from the field. T.J. Price led the Hilltoppers with 16 points.

The Shockers defeated Iowa 74-57 in the 2009 CBE Classic in Kansas City, the latest meeting in a series tied 4-all.

In the Mayan Division, Austin Peay defeated Western Carolina 72-71 and Gardner-Webb defeated Howard 55-43. Austin Peay plays Gardner-Webb on Wednesday for the championship. Gardner-Webb was the only Mayan Division school to win a road game, a 71-59 win at DePaul. It also led Iowa by 23 points in the first half before losing 65-56.

Worth noting

WSU last won an in-season tournament during the 1998-99 season, the Cessna Classic. It hasn’t won a tournament away from Wichita since it went 3-0 in the 1963-64 All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City.… WSU outscored DePaul 44-8 in the paint and 24-11 on fastbreak points.….DePaul sophomore forward James Crockett did not play after he injured his right knee in Saturday’s win over Austin Peay.

— Paul Suellentrop

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