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Shocker report Shocker report: WSU 66, Illinois State 47

  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at 11:22 p.m.

Wednesday’s box score

No. 6 WSU 66, Illinois St. 47

ILLINOIS ST.MinFGFTRebAPFPT
Lee271-50-00-1222
Knight272-90-00-3115
Zeisloft283-60-00-4029
Lynch221-41-21-6143
Lofton303-181-11-7338
Keane101-21-50-0013
Hunter264-51-21-43111
Jones183-50-03-5036
Wills120-10-00-0010
Totals20018-554-1010-37101847

Percentages: FG .327, FT .400. 3-Point Goals: 7-26, .269 (Zeisloft 3-6, Hunter 2-3, Knight 1-4, Lofton 1-8, Keane 0-1, Wills 0-1, Lee 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 4 (Lynch 4). Turnovers: 15 (Knight 3, Lynch 3, Keane 2, Zeisloft 2, Lee, Lofton, Hunter, Wills, Jones). Steals: 5 (Hunter 2, Lofton, Keane, Knight). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.MinFGFTRebAPFPT
Early274-111-40-61011
Carter183-71-41-4007
VanVleet282-62-31-71016
Baker273-62-22-33011
Cotton283-100-01-3128
Lufile123-42-23-5118
Green120-20-01-1120
Wessel161-20-00-1032
Bush20-10-00-2000
Simon31-10-00-0023
Wiggins172-51-21-5006
Coleby101-12-51-4014
Totals20023-5611-2213-44171266

Percentages: FG .411, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Baker 3-6, Cotton 2-3, Early 2-5, Simon 1-1, Wiggins 1-3, Green 0-1, Wessel 0-1, VanVleet 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 8 (Coleby 3, Early 2, Carter, Lufile, Baker). Turnovers: 10 (Coleby, Cotton, Wessel, Baker, Wiggins, Early, Green, Lufile, Bush). Steals: 8 (Baker 3, Cotton 2, Wessel, VanVleet, Early). Technical Fouls: None.

Illinois St.242347
Wichita St.372966

A—10,506. Officials—Terry Davis, Randy Heimerman, Jeff Campbell.

On the run

Illinois State coach Dan Muller didn’t like the way his team competed early in the second half. WSU took a 13-point halftime lead to 44-24 in less than three minutes.

One play summed up Muller’s frustration. After a missed three by the Redbirds, WSU center Chadrack Lufile beat all the defenders down court for a layup and a 41-24 lead.

Muller immediately called timeout.

“Not running back hard enough,” he said. “That was the stretch where I didn’t think we competed. You can’t do things like that against a team like this.”

I’ll take the turnover

Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet threw a lob pass to Tekele Cotton in the first half that ended up wedged in between the rim and the backboard.

VanVleet thought he committed his first turnover since Dec. 22 against North Carolina Central. Nope, the statistics crew gave the turnover to Cotton. VanVleet said he thought he caught a break.

“That wasn’t his turnover,” Cotton said. “That was me. When I grabbed it, I tried to bring it down and it got stuck in the rim. I had possession of the ball.”

Climbing the ranks

Wichita State moved into a tie for sixth on the Missouri Valley Conference’s list of longest winning streaks. No. 16 tied the 2003-04 Southern Illinois team. Bradley is fifth with 18 wins during the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons.

The Shockers are tied with Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M) in eighth place with a 16-0 start to the season. Three teams (Missouri in 1919-20 and 1920-21 and Kansas State (1918-19) started 17-0.

Worth noting

Wichita State tied the series 37-all with its fourth straight win over the Redbirds and its ninth in the past 10. The Shockers defeated Illinois State for the sixth straight time at Koch Arena and the eighth straight time in the regular season … Wichita State assistant coaches Chris Jans and Steve Forbes both worked as assistants at Illinois State … Illinois State’s starters combined to shoot 10 of 42 (23.8 percent) from the field. None scored in double figures.

Paul Suellentrop

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