Sunday’s box score
Evansville 71, WSU 67
Percentages: FG .543, FT .846. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Armstead 3-4, Early 2-4, Williams 1-2, Wiggins 0-1, Cotton 0-1, White 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 3 (Orukpe 2, Early). Turnovers: 22 (Williams 5, Armstead 5, Early 4, Cotton 3, Van Vleet, Lufile, Wiggins, Orukpe, White). Steals: 5 (Armstead 2, Cotton, Williams, Orukpe). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .449, FT .645. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Cox 3-6, Ryan 3-6, Balentine 1-3, Nelson 0-1, Jahr 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Mockevicius 2). Turnovers: 9 (Ryan 3, Taylor 2, Jones, Mockevicius, Sawvell, Cox). Steals: 10 (Cox 3, Ryan 2, Taylor 2, Jahr 2, Mockevicius). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–5,485. Officials–Mike Stuart, David Hall, Paul Janssen.
Call the doctor
Injured forward Carl Hall did shooting drills during Sunday’s morning’s light practice. When the Shockers ran through plays, he jogged on the sidelines.
He goes to the doctor Monday and could be cleared to play. Hold the celebration, however. Hall isn’t sure how quckly he can play. He missed his seventh game on Sunday since breaking his right thumb in practice.
“I hope I hear some good things,” he said. “I’m just waiting to hear what they say.”
The Shockers face a big week, with Illinois State (Wednesday) and Creighton (Saturday) at Koch Arena. Hall would love to play, no doubt.
If cleared, coaches will consider how much pain Hall can tolerate and the risk of injury before deciding when he returns.
“It’s real tender,” he said. “It’s kind of painful shooting the ball. They don’t want me to come back and try to play hurt. I’ll see how the week goes.”
Take a breath
WSU last entered a full roster into the scorer’s book before a win over Iowa on Nov. 21. In the 11 games since, it went 9-2 with both losses on the road. Coach Gregg Marshall wants to make sure that performance isn’t forgotten.
“Our guys have really fought hard,” he said. “It’s been a tough, tough, tough situation that they’ve dealt with. They fought to very end (Sunday).”
Four starters missed games for WSU, three of whom are still sidelined. With Hall, Ron Baker (stress fracture) and Evan Wessel (broken pinky) out, WSU went 6-1.
“They’re tough,” Evansville coach Marty Simmons said. “They’ve got three starters out with injury and they’re (15-2). They do things the right way.”
Shocker senior Demetric Williams doesn’t want to use the thin bench as an excuse.
“We’ve still got guys that go out there and play hard,” he said. “If you’re out there on the court, we don’t want to hear about your injuries. You’ve got to play through it and try to win.”
Evansville snapped a four-game losing streak to ranked opponents. It defeated No. 15 Creighton last season at the Ford Center. It was 0-3 this season, losing to No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 19 Butler and No. 12 Creighton.… The Shockers fell a game short of matching the 1953-54 team’s 16-1 record.… WSU lost an MVC road game for the first time since last season’s triple-overtime defeat at Drake. It is 18-3 in MVC road games the past two-plus seasons.
— Paul Suellentrop