Saturday’s box score
Percentages: FG .423, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Addo 1-1, Unruh 1-8, Tucker 0-1, Huskisson 0-1, Barden 0-1, Garnica 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Osborne 2, Huskisson). Turnovers: 17 (Garnica 6, Huskisson 4, Unruh 3, Osborne 2, Addo, Davis Jr.). Steals: 12 (Huskisson 9, Tucker, Unruh, Garnica). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .556, FT .571. 3-Point Goals: 12-24, .500 (Wiggins 4-6, Armstead 3-5, Williams 2-2, Baker 2-6, Early 1-2, Van Vleet 0-1, Cotton 0-1, White 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 5 (Hall 3, Early, Baker). Turnovers: 15 (Lufile 3, Armstead 2, Baker 2, Van Vleet 2, Wiggins 2, Early, Williams, White, Cotton). Steals: 9 (Williams 2, Baker 2, Armstead 2, Early, Van Vleet, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–NA. Officials–Hal Lusk, KC Ely, John Moore.
It was not a surprise to see Ehimen Orukpe not suited up for the third straight game with an ankle injury.
It was a surprise, however, to see Evan Wessel miss his first game. He sat at the end of the bench in a jumpsuit wearing a splint on his hand.
Marshall was unsure after the game if either would be available against Tennessee.
“We’ll know more on Tuesday,” Marshall said. “He’s going in to see a specialist and we’ll know more by Tuesday.”
Their replacements in the lineup, Cleanthony Early and Demetric Williams, combined to score 28 points.
Marshall wanted another spurt to begin the second half like WSU had to start the game.
Instead what he got was the five starters turning the ball over four times and missing two shots in the first two minutes.
The play drew the ire of Marshall, who subbed out all five starters by the 17:54 mark. The second unit responded with a 7-2 run to give the Shockers a 47-27 lead.
“I thought it was one of the sloppiest couple of minutes we’ve had all year,” Marshall said. “We turned it over about as quickly as you can possibly turn it over. At that point, I’d seen enough of that group.
“That’s going to have to cease if we want to get to 10-0.”
Growth of Wiggins
It was the best game of the season for junior transfer Nick Wiggins.
He showed that he can be a threat from deep by making 4 of 6 three-pointers and scoring 14 points, but that’s his only threat. That’s why he hadn’t seen more than 13 minutes on the court until Saturday.
“He’s got to do more,” Marshall said. “That’s what he is right now, he’s a three-point shooter. I’d like for him to become more well-rounded. Rebounding, defending, getting on the floor for loose balls, putting it on the floor, finishing around the rim. But he stroked it tonight, he sure did.”
It was the third time that every player on WSU that played has scored.… Senior Demetric Williams logged his first start of the season and scored 12 points. “I really don’t pay too much mind to that,” he said. “The team started out 8-0 and I wasn’t starting so I don’t care too much about it.”... None of the players recalled the last time WSU played Tennessee, an 80-73 victory in the 2006 NCAA Tournament to send the Shockers to the Sweet 16. “That’s got to be a good sign,” Williams laughed when informed of the result.… Sedgwick graduate Bryce Douvier played five minutes for Northern Colorado but did not record a single statistic.
— Taylor Eldridge