Tuesday’s box score
No. 4 WSU 57, Loyola 45
Percentages: FG .353, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Turk 2-6, Doyle 1-5, Nixon 0-1, Thomas 0-1, White 0-1, Crisman 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Doyle, Osborne). Turnovers: 12 (Doyle 5, Turk 3, White 2, O’Leary, Osborne). Steals: 9 (Turk 3, White 3, Osborne 2, O’Leary). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .365, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Early 4-9, Baker 1-2, Wiggins 1-4, Cotton 1-4, Green 0-1, VanVleet 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Coleby, Carter, Early, Baker). Turnovers: 16 (VanVleet 3, Lufile 3, Coleby 2, Cotton 2, Early 2, Carter, Wessel, Baker). Steals: 4 (VanVleet 2, Carter, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
|Loyola of Chicago||18||27||—||45|
A—10,506. Officials—Tom Eades, Kelly Self, Don Daily.
Former Shocker passes away
Don Woodworth, 77, died Friday in Parsons. Woodworth played at WSU from 1955-58 and started at forward under coach Ralph Miller. He averaged 10.9 points as a sophomore, 12 as a junior and 12.6 as a senior.
Eyes on the floor
The Shockers went up 42-20 early in the second half and led by 17 with 8:35 to play. Perhaps, WSU guard Fred VanVleet said, they wanted the blowout too badly and paid too much attention to the score.
“We just wanted to come out and extend the lead, and that’s all we were talking about,” he said. “When that didn’t happen, now you’re fighting uphill. That creates a lot of frustration within the group and I think it kept escalating.”
Loyola made it competitive with an 11-2 run that pulled the Ramblers to within 50-40 with 3:50 to play. The Shockers missed 7 of 8 shots in that span and the front end of two one-and-ones.
"We missed some easy bunnies and turned the ball over quite a bit," VanVleet said. "We’ve got to play better, got to have more focus, more energy."
Several Shockers struggled to score. Ron Baker made 3 of 9 shots. Tekele Cotton made 2 of 9 and Nick Wiggins 1 of 6. Baker took a knee to his left thigh late in the first half and sat out until starting the second half.
“I always like playing different opponents,” Baker said. “We had one day to scout them, not saying that’s why we played bad in the second half, but it was just a little different. Usually that excites me, but tonight I couldn’t get my feet under me and I wasn’t making good decisions. It kind of showed in the second half.”
WSU’s 22nd straight win tied it with Bradley’s 1985-86 team for the third-longest win streak in Missouri Valley Conference history.… The Shockers committed 16 turnover, its most since it had 18 on Dec. 1 at Saint Louis.… Former WSU player Zarko Durisic, director of player personnel for the Minnesota Timberwolves, attended the game.… WSU improved its series lead to 19-9. Loyola made its first appearance in Wichita since 1974.… WSU outscored Loyola 16-6 in the lane in the first half. Loyola won that stat 18-6 in the second.… WSU’s 22-point lead is the largest deficit faced this season by the Ramblers.… WSU is holding MVC opponents to 28.4 percent shooting from three-point range.