Tuesdays box score
No. 2 Wichita St. 69, Bradley 49
Percentages: FG .489, FT .765. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (VanVleet 3-3, Baker 3-7, Cotton 2-3, Early 2-7, Wiggins 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 6 (Early 2, Lufile 2, Carter, Coleby). Turnovers: 10 (Cotton 2, Early 2, Lufile, VanVleet, Carter, Wessel, Green). Steals: 3 (Cotton, Wiggins, Early). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .271, FT .765. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Barnes 2-3, Bell 1-2, Lemon, Jr. 1-3, Swopshire 0-1, Grier 0-2, Pickett 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Prosser). Turnovers: 6 (Barnes 2, Pickett 2, Bell, Prosser). Steals: 5 (Lemon, Jr. 2, Bell 2, Alwan). Technical Fouls: None.
A10,257. OfficialsTom ONeill, Bo Boroski, Kipp Kissinger.
Winning the numbers game
Keeping track of Wichita States climb on the charts is a full-time job.
The Shockers are 30-game winners for consecutive seasons, matching Bradleys 1949-50 and 1950-51 teams as the only Valley teams to do so. They are the seventh MVC team to win 30 or more. Bradley, which also won 30-plus in 1985-86, is the only other team to do it more than once.
WSU matched the 1982-83 Shockers with its 17th conference win. That team finished 17-1, losing at Illinois State 54-53.
Wichita State junior forward Darius Carter earned Missouri Valley Conference newcomer of the week honors for the second time in the past three weeks.
Carter, from Akron, Ohio, scored 13 points at Loyola and 15 against Drake last week. He made 11 of 16 shots, all in a reserve role. Entering Tuesdays game at Bradley, Carter averaged 11 points a game in his previous five, making 22 of 33 shots.
Loyola freshman Milton Doyle and Illinois State junior Daishon Knight have won the newcomer award four times each.
Scouts from five NBA teams were expected the Heat, Hawks, Mavericks, Rockets and Pelicans Bradley honored seniors Walt Lemon Jr., Jordan Prosser, Tyshon Pickett and Mason Alwan, who all started. WSU won its ninth straight over Bradley, its longest streak in the 135-game series. Bradley leads the series 71-64 and 49-19 in Peoria. WSU has won four in a row at Bradley, three by double figures WSU is the highest-ranked team to play at Carver Arena (opened in 1982) and the first defending Final Four team to visit The crowd of 10, 257 is the largest of the season at Bradley, topping Saturdays crowd of 8,931 against Loyola.