Wednesday’s box score
Wichita St. 75, Draks 63
Percentages: FG .467, FT .636. 3-Point Goals: 12-25, .480 (Wiggins 4-5, Armstead 4-6, Early 3-3, Van Vleet 1-2, Cotton 0-1, Williams 0-4, White 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Orukpe 2, Early). Turnovers: 12 (Van Vleet 4, Armstead 3, Williams 3, Early, Orukpe). Steals: 13 (Cotton 4, Orukpe 3, Williams 2, Van Vleet 2, Wiggins, Early). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .442, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 7-25, .280 (Mason 4-7, Simons 2-5, Hines 1-7, Carter 0-1, King 0-2, Ricks Jr. 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (King, VanDeest). Turnovers: 19 (Carter 3, Simons 3, Hines 3, VanDeest 2, Ugbede 2, Mason 2, Clarke 2, King, Ricks Jr.). Steals: 5 (Clarke 2, Mason 2, VanDeest). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–2,792. Officials–Verne Harris, Zelton Steed, Don Daily.
Wichita State’s guards feast on players who don’t protect the ball while dribbling. It’s not wise to get fancy against the Shockers. Drake center Jordan Clarke tried to go behind his back early in the game and Demetric Williams saw easy pickings.
He took the ball from Clarke and turned the steal into a three-point play
“Our coaches tell us to be in the gaps when people drive,” Williams said. “I was guarding a person that they said didn’t shoot the three-ball that good. When he drove it, I saw my opportunity. He was kind of loose with the ball and I reached in and got it.”
White’s hard fall
With WSU’s injury problems, every wince, collision and fall seems like potential disaster.
Forward Jake White went down hard late in the game, fighting for a rebound, and it took him several minutes to get up. He needed a teammate’s help to get to the bench.
White didn’t seem concerned after the game. He said a Drake player landed on his right thigh, hitting a spot already bruised and sore.
“The guy just hit it in the same exact spot,” White said. “I’ll be fine. I just wasn’t able to continue the last few minutes.”
Three starters missed Wednesday’s game: forward Carl Hall (broken thumb), guard Ron Baker (stress fracture) and guard Evan Wessel (broken pinky). Hall, expected to return in mid-January, had his cast removed Monday.
The New Year brought some headaches for MVC coaches, and WSU may benefit.
At Bradley, senior center Will Egolf was arrested Monday, according to the Peoria Journal-Star, for possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Egolf is expected to miss at least four games. According to the Journal-Star, police say they found six Vicodin pills in Egolf’s vehicle. Egolf is recovering from knee surgery that caused him to miss last season.
WSU plays at Bradley on Sunday. Egolf averages 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson expects center Dantiel Daniels to miss two weeks with an ankle injury. SIU visits Koch Arena on Jan. 9.
SIU also announced that junior guard Diamond Taylor, suspended since before the season, will return for a Jan. 15 game against Bradley. Sophomore Antonio Bryer has decided to transfer after leaving the team in December, then returning. He started three games and played in nine, averaging 2.9 points.
WSU center Ehimen Orukpe scored a career-high 10 points, helped by four offensive rebounds. His previous high was seven against Bradley in 2011.… WSU guard Tekele Cotton is 8 of 12 from the field and averaging 11 points in his past two games.… The Shockers are 13-1 for the third time, most recently in 1982-83. The 1953-54 team reached 16-1 before its second loss.… Drake freshman Micah Mason scored 14 points, 11 in the first half. Freshman forward Joey King led Drake with 15 points.… Former Shocker baseball star Casey Blake, a native of Indianola, Iowa, attended the game.
— Paul Suellentrop