Wednesday’s box score
Wichita St. 82, SIU 76
Percentages: FG .474, FT .875. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Brown-Surles 3-4, Jackson 3-9, Beane, Jr. 2-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 1 (Drinkard). Turnovers: 10 (Early 3, Beane, Jr. 2, Brown-Surles 2, Pendleton, Jackson, Drinkard). Steals: 7 (Beane, Jr. 2, Jackson, Pendleton, Swan, Brown-Surles, Early). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .519, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Early 5-9, Wiggins 1-3, Armstead 1-3, Williams 1-4, Van Vleet 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 11 (Orukpe 7, Early 2, Wiggins, Cotton). Turnovers: 13 (Early 3, Armstead 2, Orukpe 2, Wiggins 2, White 2, Williams, Cotton). Steals: 6 (Armstead 2, Van Vleet, Early, Williams, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–10,306. Officials–Mark Schnur, Jeff Campbell, Brad Ferrie.
Cleanthony Early’s 39 points is his Wichita State high for his 16-game career. His personal best is 48, scored as a high school senior.
Early joins a roll call of honored Shocker names with his performance.
His total is tied for eighth at WSU, equaling Dave Stallworth’s output against Montana State in 1963. Maurice Evans is the most recent Shocker to challenge the 40-point barrier when he scored 38 against Florida A&M in 1998. Nine times a Shocker scored 40 or more, topped by Antoine Carr’s 47 against Southern Illinois in 1983.
“Thirty-nine is crazy,” teammate Tekele Cotton said. “I’m not really surprised, because we all know he can score.”
Ehimen Orukpe joined an equally prominent group with his seven blocks. He is tied for eighth on WSU’s single-game list, with Gene Wiley (vs. Bowling Green, 1961), Terry Benton (vs. Kansas State, 1970) and Antoine Carr (vs. West Texas State, 1981). Wiley holds the record with 15 against Purdue in 1961.
The fans at Koch Arena are used to teasing Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson. They got plenty of practice during his nine seasons at Missouri State. Hinson, in his first season with the Salukis, enjoyed his return.
“It’s good to be back,” he said. “This crowd hasn’t changed one bit. They still give me all those short jokes when I’m coming out.”
Hinson’s team is no joke, despite coming to WSU short-handed and winless in the MVC. SIU scored 76 points, most by an Shocker opponent this season. Only Tennessee, which made 47.5 percent of its field goals, shot better against WSU than SIU did by making 27 of 57 (47.4 percent).
“I thought they played some tremendous basketball,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “They made great shots. They executed beautifully, especially in the first half.”
WSU defeated SIU for the sixth time in seven meetings to extend its series lead to 48-37.… SIU lost its ninth straight MVC game, a streak dating to last season. It is SIU’s longest drought since it lost 10 in a row in 1986 and 1987.… The Shockers are 4-0 in the MVC for the second time under Marshall, matching the 2010-11 team.
— Paul Suellentrop