Wednesday’s box score
No. 20 Wichita St. 62,
Missouri St. 52
Percentages: FG .370, FT .773. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Early 2-5, Wiggins 1-1, Van Vleet 1-5, Armstead 1-7, White 0-1, Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Early 2, Hall 2). Turnovers: 9 (Early 4, Armstead 2, Williams 2, Orukpe). Steals: 4 (Armstead, Wiggins, Van Vleet, Hall). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .328, FT .900. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Thurman 3-6, Williams 1-1, M. Marshall 1-7, Scheer 0-1, Downing 0-6). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Scheer, B. Marshall, Williams, Wilson). Turnovers: 10 (Williams 5, Scheer, B. Marshall, Thurman, Pickens). Steals: 3 (Williams, Thurman, M. Marshall). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–6,448. Officials–John Higgins, Hal Lusk, Randy Heimerman.
WSU’s big winner
Shocker senior Demetric Williams one-upped former teammates David Kyles, Toure Murry and Garrett Stutz on Wednesday. He plans to pile on over the next two months.
Williams won game No. 99, most by any Shocker, to pass Kyles, Murry and Stutz, seniors on last season’s team.
Williams plans to let them know.
“I haven’t texted them yet, but they’ll get one,” he said.
Williams knew about the milestone, one of those that will mean more after the season when there is time to reflect. He hasn’t come up with a favorite of his first 99 wins.
“I want to keep it going and get as many wins as I can,” he said.
No big deal
Missouri State freshman forward Gavin Thurman made an effort not to turn the game against his hometown school into a big deal.
“It was just another game,” he said. “I was preparing like I always prepare against any other team in the Valley.”
Thurman, who played last season at Heights after starting his high school career at Southeast, played as if the game meant something special. He scored a season-high 21 points to improve his average to 7.9. In his past four games, he is averaging 15.5 points.
“He was tremendous,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.
While Thurman didn’t want to make too much of his performance, his teammates stepped in.
“I was pretty happy for him,” guard Marcus Marshall said. “He was hitting shots, but he wasn’t showing no emotion. He was just out there balling and doing what he does best.”
On two feet
Shocker freshman Ron Baker expects to ditch his crutches soon. He is scheduled for examinations of the stress fracture in his left foot on Saturday and Tuesday. If all goes well, he will come off crutches on Tuesday.
He is not sure what that will mean for his return to action. He’s been inactive since mid-December, not even allowed to ride a stationary bike during practice. His return will depend on how the foot responds to exercise and treatment.
Baker averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10 games, all starts. He last played at Tennessee on Dec. 13.
WSU matched the 1953-54 and 1980-81 teams for the best 20-game starts (18-2) since joining NCAA Division I in 1945.… The Shockers won their third straight over the Bears to even the series 30-all.… WSU’s 62 points were its fewest since a 59-51 win over Southern Mississippi. The Shockers shot 37 percent from the field, worst since shooting 35.1 percent at VCU on Nov. 13. They are 47 of 125 (37.6 percent) from the field the field 9 of 44 (20.5) in the past two games, both wins.
— Paul Suellentrop