Thursday’s box score
No. 16 WSU 79, William & Mary 62
|W & M||Min||FG||FT||Reb||A||PF||PT|
Percentages: FG .479, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Prewitt 2-3, Thornton 2-8, Gaillard 1-2, Tarpey 0-1, Boatner 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Rusthoven, Prewitt, Tarpey). Turnovers: 14 (Prewitt 5, Thornton 3, Boatner 2, Tarpey 2, Dixon, Rusthoven). Steals: 5 (Boatner, Rusthoven, Prewitt, Tarpey, Thornton). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .482, FT .692. 3-Point Goals: 7-20, .350 (Baker 3-7, Early 2-6, VanVleet 1-1, Wiggins 1-2, Green 0-1, Cotton 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Coleby, Lufile, Baker). Turnovers: 8 (Early 2, VanVleet 2, Baker 2, Wiggins, Coleby). Steals: 8 (Baker 3, Cotton 2, Wiggins, Lufile, Coleby). Technical Fouls: None.
|William & Mary||39||23||—||62|
A—10,506. Officials—Larry Spaulding, Jon Stigliano, Toby Martinez.
Wichita State’s Ron Baker took a charge early in the second half, planting himself in front of Daniel Dixon to draw the foul and the turnover. The decision to draw a charge was never taken lightly, because of the physical danger. With the stricter rules on defenders, it’s an even tougher decision this season as coaches are saying charges are largely legislated out of the game.
“You’ve got to get there quick and you can’t move at all,” Baker said. “If you lean, flop in any way, it’s a block. Luckily, I made a good judgment and got my feet set.”
The NCAA’s version of the change: When a player beings his upward motion to pass or shoot, the defender must be in legal guarding position. The defender is no longer allowed to move into the path of the offensive player once he is in an upward motion to pass or shoot. Previously, the defender had to be in legal guarding position when the ball-handler left his feet.
WSU coach Gregg Marshall said both charge calls (WSU’s Nick Wiggins was whistled in the first half) looked correct to him.
“You’ve almost got to establish roots,” Marshall said. “Ron is usually in pretty good position. You’ve got to be there and he was there.”
Lots of whistles
The new rules, designed to take physical play out of defense, didn’t play a major role in WSU’s first two games.
Marshall said he felt that changed on Thursday. Referees whistled WSU for a season-high 18 fouls and the Tribe shot 16 free throws, most by an opponent. WSU went 18 of 26 from the line on 24 fouls.
Foul trouble kept the Tribe going to its bench. Starter Kyle Gaillard scored seven points in the first half, in only seven minutes because he picked up three fouls. Center Tim Rusthoven fouled out and three teammates finished the game with four.
WSU honored Martin Perline, former faculty representative for athletics, before the game. Perline will receive the Missouri Valley Conference’s Paul Morrison Award in March for significant contributions to the school. He retired as faculty athletics rep in May.… Redshirt freshman Ria’n Holland did not suit up because of a bout with stomach flu. Freshman walk-on John Robert Simon is wearing a walking boot and sidelined indefinitely with a sprained left foot, suffered in practice Wednesday when he landed on Tekele Cotton’s foot.… WSU is 2-0 against William & Mary, also winning 76-74 in overtime at Koch Arena during the 1997-98 season.… WSU is 3-0 for the second straight season.… The Shockers won their 18th straight non-conference game at Koch Arena and their 20th straight in Wichita. Their last home non-conference loss came against Virginia Commonwealth in 2011.