Saturdays box score
No. 6 Wichita St. 72,
Missouri St. 69, OT
Percentages: FG .353, FT .775. 3-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (Baker 3-5, VanVleet 1-4, Early 1-7, Cotton 0-3, Wiggins 0-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 6 (Lufile 3, Early 2, VanVleet). Turnovers: 11 (Lufile 3, Coleby 2, Early 2, VanVleet 2, Baker, Wiggins). Steals: 8 (Cotton 2, Early 2, VanVleet 2, Lufile, Baker). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .407, FT .579. 3-Point Goals: 10-27, .370 (Ruder 5-8, M. Marshall 3-7, Thurman 1-2, Williams 1-4, Scheer 0-1, Gulley 0-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (Thurman 2, McCullough 2, Kirk). Turnovers: 13 (Gulley 4, Williams 2, Scheer 2, Ruder, Thurman, Thomas, Kirk). Steals: 2 (Williams, Gulley). Technical Fouls: None.
A10,776. OfficialsJeff Malham, Roland Simmons, Gene Grimshaw.
Going his way
Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet scored 12 of his 16 points in the final two minutes of regulation and in overtime.
His three-point play with 47.7 seconds to play got the Shockers to within 64-63. VanVleet drove to the basket and hit MSUs Nathan Scheer, who was called for the block on a whistle protested loudly by the Bears fans.
I just wanted to be aggressive, he said. I didnt feel like I was asserting myself enough in the first half. Somebody has to make a play and I felt at that time it could have been me. I just got to the rim and I got a good bounce.
Into second place
Coach Gregg Marshall improved to 156-70 in seven season at WSU, moving past Gene Smithson for second on the schools career wins list.
For his career, he is 350-153. Ralph Miller is first on WSUs list with 220 wins and 133 losses.
Marshall reached 155 wins in fewer games than either Smithson, who coached from 1978-86, or Miller, who coached from 1951-64.
Home away from home
WSU improved to 4-2 at JQH Arena, joining Northern Iowa as the only Missouri Valley Conference teams with a winning record at the arena.
It is quite a switch for the Shockers, who lost 16 straight in Springfield before breaking that streak in 2003 to start a four-game win streak at the Hammons Student Center. Now they have won four of five in Springfield.
On Saturday, they pulled off the most improbable of those victories.
It shows what we work for every day, VanVleet said. Now you know why we go so hard in practice. Guys came together as a family. Youve got to in situations like that.
VanVleet committed a turnover in the first half, his first in five games. He last committed one against North Carolina Central on Dec. 22. He finished the game with two turnovers and four assists in 43 minutes VanVleet, Ron Baker (42) and Tekele Cotton (41) all played more than 40 minutes. VanVleet did not come out in the second half. MSUs bench outscored WSU 14-8 WSUs Cleanthony Early made 13 of 14 free throws, his second game this season with 10 or more WSU is the highest-ranked team to play at MSU and the Bears fell to 1-5 against top-10 teams WSU snapped MSUs nine-game win streak at home.