Wednesday’s box score
WSU 74, Illinois St. 62
Percentages: FG .328, FT .737. 3-Point Goals: 6-27, .222 (B. Allen 3-11, Brown 2-8, Wilkins 1-3, Keane 0-1, Cousin 0-1, Ekey 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Wilkins, Carmichael). Turnovers: 11 (Hill 2, Brown 2, Cousin 2, Keane 2, Ekey, Carmichael, Wilkins). Steals: 4 (Wilkins 2, Brown, Carmichael). Technical Fouls: Wilkins.
Percentages: FG .466, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Wiggins 3-3, Armstead 2-3, Williams 2-7, Cotton 1-3, Early 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Early, Hall). Turnovers: 16 (Hall 3, Armstead 3, Williams 2, Wiggins 2, Early 2, Orukpe 2, White, Van Vleet). Steals: 7 (Armstead 4, Early 2, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–10,323. Officials–Rick Randall, Zelton Steed, Eric Curry.
Ready to rebound
Wichita State’s Carl Hall will need time to regain full form after missing seven games. On Wednesday, he didn’t look to score often.
“Rusty on offense,” he said. “I was just trying to grab a few boards tonight.”
Hall missed both of his shots and made two free throws. He grabbed 10 rebounds, four on the offensive glass.
“Carl, though not quite in game shape, gives you 10 rebounds in 23 minutes,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.
Illinois State also got an important player back. Guard Tyler Brown, back from a one-game suspension for bad behavior, scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting.
“My mind was really good,” he said. “I had time to evaluate things and being in the gym and able to get shots up by myself helped a lot and motivates me every day that I still have a chance to play basketball.”
Back on track
Marshall considered Wednesday’s game a victory for his defense after two subpar performances.
WSU hadn’t allowed a team to score more than 70 points this season until a week ago. It defeated Southern Illinois 82-76 and lost to Evansville 71-67. SIU made 47.4 percent of its shots, second-best by any Shocker opponent. Evansville made 44.9 percent of its shots, 41.2 percent from three-point range.
“Everybody got better defensively,” guard Malcolm Armstead said. “We got a little more active.”
The Shockers held Illinois State to 6-of-27 shooting (22.2 percent) from three-point range. Its previous three opponents made 20 of 46 (43.5 percent).
WSU sophomore Evan Wessel will undergo surgery on his broken right pinky on Thursday. Wessel started eight games before the injury, last playing on Dec. 21 at Air Force. He will not play this season and plans to apply for a medical hardship.… WSU defeated the Redbirds for the fifth straight time at Koch Arena..… WSU sophomore Jake White scored a career-high 11 points, making 5 of 7 shots. In the past two games, White is averaging 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
— Paul Suellentrop