Wednesday’s box score
No. 6 WSU 66, Illinois St. 47
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.
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.
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.
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.