Saturday’s box score
WSU 70, Ohio State 66
Percentages: FG .373, FT .783. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Cotton 2-3, Early 2-5, Armstead 2-6, Williams 1-1, Van Vleet 1-3, Baker 0-1, White 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 9 (Hall 6, Early 2, Baker). Turnovers: 12 (Armstead 3, Baker 2, Cotton 2, Early, White, Van Vleet, Orukpe, Hall). Steals: 8 (Armstead 3, Van Vleet 2, Early, Cotton, Hall). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .311, FT .793. 3-Point Goals: 5-25, .200 (Craft 2-7, Ross 2-7, Smith, Jr. 1-2, Scott 0-1, Thompson 0-2, Thomas 0-6). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 8 (Williams 4, Thomas 2, Thompson, Ross). Turnovers: 9 (Thomas 5, Craft 2, Ravenel, Ross). Steals: 5 (Craft 2, Ross 2, Smith, Jr.). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–17,998. Officials–Jamie Luckie, Pat Adams, Ray Natili.
On the team
Wichita State guard Malcolm Armstead, who scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, was named regional Most Outstanding Player. Carl Hall joined him on the all-regional team.
Arizona’s Mark Lyons, LaQuinton Ross and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State also made the team.
Armstead is averaging 15.5 points in the tournament, while shooting 35.6 percent (21 of 59). He has 15 assists and seven turnovers. Hall is averaging 10.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. He has 12 blocked shots.
Wichita TV station KWCH reported on Twitter that UCLA contacted Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall twice about its coaching job. According to the message by reporter Grant Meech, Marshall told UCLA to call back after the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA announced the hiring of New Mexico coach Steve Alford on Saturday morning.
If UCLA contacted Marshall, it was news to WSU athletic director Eric Sexton. He said no school contacted him asking for permission to talk to his coach.
“I have not had any contact with schools,” Sexton said. “He’s our coach. He loves being here. We love having him. We’re excited about the program he is continuing to build.”
Senior Demetric Williams struggled with his shot over the final month of the season and into March.
So his three-pointer in the first half had to feel like a huge relief for the senior. He entered the game 0 for 10 and 1 for 17 since making one in the regular-season finale at Creighton on March 2.
Williams finished with three points and two assists in seven minutes.
Pack your bags
The Shocker traveling party came to Staples Center packed and ready to leave after the game.
The NCAA scheduled WSU’s charter for Saturday night, with plans for the Shockers to arrive in Wichita around 3 a.m. on Sunday.
— Paul Suellentrop