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Shocker report: WSU, 67, UNI 53

  • Published Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at 10:31 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.

Sunday’s box score

No. 8 Wichita St. 67, N. Iowa 53


Percentages: FG .339, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 5-24, .208 (Bohannon 2-9, Buss 1-3, Mitchell 1-3, Rank 1-3, Tuttle 0-1, Martino 0-2, Morgan 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots: 3 (Tuttle 2, Washpun). Turnovers: 11 (Washpun 5, Tuttle 3, Mitchell, Singleton). Steals: 3 (Bohannon, Morgan, Mitchell). Technical Fouls: None.


Percentages: FG .381, FT .765. 3-Point Goals: 6-25, .240 (Early 3-10, VanVleet 2-4, Baker 1-5, Cotton 0-2, Wiggins 0-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 8 (Lufile 3, Baker, Carter, VanVleet, Coleby, Early). Turnovers: 6 (Early 4, Simon, Wiggins). Steals: 6 (Cotton 3, Baker 2, Early). Technical Fouls: None.

N. Iowa223153
Wichita St.303767

A—10,506. Officials—Mike Stuart, Don Dailey, John Moore.

Lufile’s bull market

WSU senior Chadrack Lufile reemerged as a scoring threat with eight points on Sunday. He scored eight points, after scoring eight total in his previous four games.

“I don’t think he realizes how big and strong he is,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He had a couple of bull moves today and that was great to see. He lowered his shoulder a couple times and stuck somebody in the basket.”

Lufile, a 6-foot-8 center, earned a spot in the starting lineup in December and scored 12 points at Saint Louis and 14 against Oral Roberts. Since then, his minutes slipped and he lost his starting spot to Darius Carter.

“My time will come and I’m not really here to rush it and ruin the team’s chemistry,” Lufile said. “If something doesn’t go my way, we’re still going to ride with each other.”

Demand a recount

WSU turned the ball over four times in the first 35 minutes of the game and finished with six for the second consecutive game and third time, a season-low.

Marshall lobbied for five. WSU’s final turnover came in the final seconds, when guard Nick Wiggins dropped the ball to end the game. UNI freshman Jeremy Morgan picked up the loose ball and scored, drawing some boos from the crowd.

“I don’t know what Nick was doing there at the end,” Marshall said. “Jeremy Morgan kept playing, and that one shouldn’t count. I was with (UNI coach) Ben (Jacobson) at half court, shaking his hand, and all of sudden they’re laying it in.”

WSU’s Cleanthony Early committed four of the turnovers and freshman walk-on John Robert Simon committed one.

It is the eighth time this season the Shockers stayed under 10 turnovers.

Coming up on the Aggies

WSU’s 15-0 start is tied for ninth-best in Missouri Valley Conference history.

The Shockers join Bradley (1950-51) and Tulsa (1983-84) with 15-game streaks to start a season. Alone in eighth is Oklahoma State’s (then Oklahoma A&M) 1950-51 team with a 16-0 record.

Indiana State holds the mark with its 33-0 record entering the 1979 NCAA title game.

The Shockers also moved up on the Valley’s list for consecutive games won. They are part of a five-way tie for seventh. In eighth place with a 16-game streak is the 2003-04 Southern Illinois team.

Cincinnati, which won 37 straight games during the 1961-62 and 1962-63 seasons, leads the list. WSU ended that streak with a 65-64 win on Feb. 16, 1963.

Worth noting

Wichita State guard Ron Baker made 1 of 5 three-pointers and is 6 of 22 in his past four games … WSU guard Fred VanVleet has 13 assists and no turnovers in his past three games. He has scored in double figures in four of the past five games and is 7 of 16 from three-point range in those five games … UNI won five of seven games at Koch Arena from the 2004-05 season to 2010-11. Since then, WSU has won three straight by an average margin of 21 points. UNI has not shot better than 40 percent in any of those games.

-Paul Suellentrop

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