Saturday’s box score
Northern Iowa 57
No. 15 Wichita St. 52
Percentages: FG .404, FT 1.000. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Wiggins 2-3, Williams 1-2, Early 1-4, Armstead 1-4, White 0-1, Cotton 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (Early, Hall). Turnovers: 13 (Armstead 4, Hall 3, Cotton 2, Early 2, Williams, Wiggins). Steals: 6 (Hall 2, Early 2, Armstead, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .400, FT .563. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Sonnen 3-8, Rank 2-5, Bohannon 1-3, Mitchell 1-3, James 1-3, Tuttle 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 7 (Tuttle 4, Koch 3). Turnovers: 9 (James 3, Tuttle 2, Mitchell, Rank, Koch, Sonnen). Steals: 4 (Mitchell 2, Tuttle, Koch). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–6,023. Officials–Roland Simmons, Terry Davis, Paul Janssen.
Wrong time to turn it over
Wichita State’s turnover total won’t seem important without a deeper look. It committed 13, a reasonable number.
Northern Iowa made almost every one sting, however, by scoring 22 points off those mistakes. The Panthers don’t run often, and the Shockers handed them several easy baskets.
The most painful turnover came in the final minute, when WSU guard Malcolm Armstead dribbled the ball off his foot and out bounds with the Shockers down 55-52.
“We didn’t finish down the stretch,” Armstead said. “That last one, I kicked it out of bounds, you can’t win games like that.”
Need a break
The best news for WSU is that the schedule turns in its favor. The Shockers travel to last-place Southern Illinois on Tuesday before two home games.
“We’ve just to regroup and come out and get the next one,” Hall said. “Get back to doing what we do.”
Making a few shots will cure a lot of WSU’s problems. It seems a long time ago that the Shockers shot 51 percent in a 73-39 win over Bradley. They shot 46 percent or better in their first six MVC games.
“We’ve just got to make shots,” Armstead said. “We’ve got to figure it out.”
No breaks allowed
WSU coach Gregg Marshall would have loved to be able to call a timeout in the final minute. He didn’t have any to call. UNI’s 17-2 run earlier in the half forced him to call them.
That’s rare for Marshall, who prefers to let his team play through rough spots, sometimes to the consternation of fans. On the road, with his team struggling to score, he needed to stop the momentum.
“You always like to have another timeout,” he said. “I guess everybody will be happy back in Wichita that I used them all.”
By the numbers
The Shockers lost back-to-back MVC games for the first time since 2009, when it lost at Drake and Missouri State. It lost back-to-back regular-season games for the first time since 2010, at Utah State and at Bradley.
The loss also left Marshall tied with Mark Turgeon at 128 wins, third on WSU’s career list.
Former Shocker Garrett Stutz signed with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. Former teammate Toure Murry is with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League and their teams played Saturday in Portland, Maine.…WSU is 3-2 in MVC road games after going 8-1 the previous two seasons.… Hall scored 20 points, his highest total since returning from a broken thumb on Jan. 16. .. WSU made all five of its free throws, its lowest total of the season. The Shockers attempted 10 or more in their previous 21 games.