Sundays box score
No. 11 Wichita St. 77, NC Central 66
Percentages: FG .511, FT .588. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Ingram 7-13, Chapman 1-1, Jawara 1-1, Groves 1-6, Eaton 0-1, Houston 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 1 (Ingram). Turnovers: 13 (Chapman 4, Ingram 4, Houston, Parks, Eaton, Copeland, Groves). Steals: 5 (Copeland, Ingram, Jawara, Eaton, Chapman). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .480, FT .647. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Baker 3-7, Early 2-7, VanVleet 1-2, Wiggins 1-3, Cotton 0-1, Wessel 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 2 (Lufile, Early). Turnovers: 8 (Baker 4, Carter, VanVleet, Coleby, Early). Steals: 6 (Baker 4, VanVleet, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
A10,506. OfficialsRandy Heimerman, Jeff Campbell, KC Ely.
Thanks for the holiday spirit
North Carolina Central coach LeVelle Moton started his interview session by praising Wichita State fans for their response to his teams travel difficulties.
They have treated us incredible, he said. They tore my Twitter page up just wishing us safe travels. It took me five minutes to get to the locker room with them congratulating our team and saying how impressed they were.
The Koch Arena crowd may lose its reputation as a nasty bunch if this treatment continues.
Theyre just beautiful people, wishing me Merry Christmas, he said. Just kind human beings. We dont get that a lot on the road. We just get things thrown at us.
Sundays game ended a two-game series and Moton sounded eager to keep it going, despite two losses at Koch Arena.
Gregg Marshall is one of my favorite coaches in the country, he said. We knew that we had to be extremely tough, and thats why I want to play them every single year, so our guys can get an idea of true toughness.
With several Shockers limited in practice time due to injuries, Marshall wanted somebody to give him enough to scrimmage.
Sky Williams, a 6-foot-2 guard, rooms with several Shockers and played pickup games with the team. He joined the Shockers as a walk-on practice player late last week. He is not eligible to play in games.
With so many guys banged up, we needed a body, Marshall said
Williams is from Tuckahoe (N.Y.) High, where he is the schools career leading scorer with 1,537 points. He attended Manhattan College last season, but did not play.
Meeting in Hawaii
This time next year, WSU will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. According to a news release from Nebraska, the Huskers will join Colorado, George Washington, Ohio, host Hawaii and WSU in the field.
The bracket could produce a reunion or two. Colorado is coached by former WSU assistant Tad Boyle. Ohio is where former athletic director Jim Schaus works.
Two more teams will fill out the eight-team bracket, which is played the week of Christmas. This seasons tournament started Sunday with Iowa State, George Mason, Oregon State, Akron, South Carolina, Saint Marys, Boise State and Hawaii.
WSU center Kadeem Coleby, bothered by a sore right big toe, played three first-half minutes and sat out the second half North Carolina Centrals bench outscored WSUs 13-7 Jeremy Ingrams 37 points surpassed his previous career high of 36 against Appalachian State on Nov. 22 WSUs Ron Baker scored 15 points, his first game in double figures since he scored 22 at Saint Louis WSUs Nick Wiggins made his first three-pointer since Nov. 26 against BYU. He went 1 for 3 from behind the arc, making him 1 for 6 in his past five games.