Saturday’s box score
No. 11 Wichita St. 71, Oral Roberts 58
Percentages: FG .396, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Singleton 2-3, Jackson 2-5, Glover 0-1, Word 0-1, Billbury 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 6 (Glover 2, Kaufman 2, Conley, Billbury). Turnovers: 10 (Billbury 4, Singleton 2, Jackson, Henderson, Word, Glover). Steals: 2 (Word, Billbury). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .406, FT .652. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Early 3-4, Baker 1-5, Wiggins 0-1, VanVleet 0-1, Cotton 0-2, Wessel 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Lufile, Coleby). Turnovers: 8 (Wiggins 2, Wessel 2, Lufile, Simon, Baker, Early). Steals: 8 (Cotton 2, Early 2, VanVleet 2, Carter, Baker). Technical Fouls: None.
A—10,506. Officials—Paul Janssen, Jeff Campbell, James Durham.
Shocker side of the street
Wichita State is 9-0 for the fifth time in program history. None of the four previous teams won that 10th game.
Last season, Tennessee stopped that nine-game streak with a 69-60 win in Knoxville. The Volunteers (6-2) stand in the way of the perfect 10 again. They come to Intrust Bank Arena for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
At 2 p.m. Monday, fans can attend a street renaming ceremony. For one week, Waterman St. near the arena will go by Play Angry Place. WSU associate head coach Chris Jans and and Wichita vice mayor Pete Meitzner will officiate at the ceremony.
The Shockers also started 9-0 in 1920-21, 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2012-13.
Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton played the hometown card and got a reasonable return. He started center Jorden Kaufman, a sophomore from Andover Central.
“Coming back home, I wanted to reward him,” Sutton said. “I wanted to give him that opportunity. I know he’ll remember it the rest of his life.”
Kaufman started for the third time this season, a decision he made easy by scoring a career-high 11 points and grabbing a career-high eight rebounds in Tuesday’s win over NCAA Division II Cameron (Okla.). He entered the game averaging 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds. Like WSU, Oral Roberts is searching for consistent scoring from its big men.
Kaufman scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots against WSU.
“We’ve kind of been doing it by committee and we need some of the guys to step up,” Sutton said. “He deserved to start.”
Wichita State snapped a three-game losing streak to ORU and extended its series lead to 6-4. The teams previously met in 2003, a 76-73 ORU win at Koch Arena.… WSU outscored ORU 42-12 in the lane and its bench outscored ORU’s 17-2.… The Shockers outrebounded ORU 46-29, its largest margin of the season.… Cleanthony Early led WSU in scoring for the second time this season and the first time since the opener against Emporia State.… WSU’s Darius Carter scored 12 points, 10 in the second half, off the bench. He is the first Shocker reserve to reach double figures since Nick Wiggins scored 12 against Tennessee State on Nov. 16.… Shawn Glover led ORU with 22 points, leading his team in scoring for the sixth straight game. Guard Obi Emegano, who averaged 19.0 points in four games, is out for the season with a knee injury.