Friday’s box score
Wichita St. 69,
Missouri St. 59
Percentages: FG .372, FT .793. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (M. Marshall 4-10, Thurman 0-1, Downing 0-2, Scheer 0-5). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Pickens). Turnovers: 9 (Scheer 3, Thurman 2, M. Marshall 2, Pickens, Downing). Steals: 3 (Pickens 2, Thurman). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .456, FT .619. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Baker 3-5, Van Vleet 1-1, White 0-1, Early 0-1, Wiggins 0-1, Williams 0-2, Cotton 0-2, Armstead 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (Hall, Orukpe). Turnovers: 11 (Orukpe 3, White 2, Wiggins, Baker, Early, Williams, Armstead, Hall). Steals: 2 (Wiggins, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–NA. Officials–Scott Thornley, Gerry Pollard, .
Read the iron
Rebounding isn’t just about throwing bodies and jumping, although WSU’s Carl Hall does plenty of that. He also pays attention to the rebounding environment.
The rims at the Scottrade Center, in his mind, produce long rebounds. Hall played that angle to help him grab 12. He scored 18 points for his seventh double-double this season.
“We knew the ball was bouncing long,” he said. “I was trying not to get too deep. I was trying to get halfway between the free-throw line and the goal. The rims are soft, so everything bounces long. It was doing that in pregame.”
Hall recorded his most rebounds since 13 against Creighton on Jan. 19. He had his first double-double since going for 14 and 10 against Drake on Feb. 13.
“Carl was the Carl we’ve grown to know and love,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He was a beast around the rim.”
Three Missouri State starters played 38 minutes in Thursday’s 61-53 win over Southern Illinois.
Such is the life of the bottom four seeds. While the Shockers rested on Thursday, the Bears played for their survival.
“They fought, but when you’re going against those physical bodies out there, and there’s a size advantage, and they’re awfully talented … it tends to wear on you,” MSU coach Paul Lusk said.
The Shockers pressed most of the game, adding to their edge in depth and freshness.
“They don’t play a lot of guys like how we play, so we wanted to wear them down,” WSU guard Demetric Williams said.
Long time coming
Missouri State’s Nathan Scheer ran over WSU’s Jake White early in the second half, finally giving White some relief. Time and time again this season, referees called him for a block. Basketball’s closest call never went his way, until Friday.
“I got my first one,” he said. “I was pretty happy about that.”
WSU improved its series lead to 32-30 with its fifth straight win over the Bears. It defeated MSU in the tournament for the third time since 2009.… Lusk is 0-5 vs. the Shockers.… MSU’s Marcus Marshall has 368 points to break Blake Ahearn’s Bears freshman record of 346. His 25-point outing is the most by a freshman in the tournament since Creighton’s Kyle Korver scored 25 in 2000 vs. Bradley.
— Paul Suellentrop