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Shocker report Shocker report (March 7)

  • Published Friday, March 7, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 7 a.m.

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Friday’s box score

No. 2 WSU 80, Evansville 58

EVANSVILLEMinFGFTRebAPFPT
Gibson242-60-01-3154
Wing250-50-01-1110
Balentine3510-214-62-33131
Simmons290-53-41-3113
Mockevicius325-111-13-110311
Benzon70-00-00-0000
Brown222-41-21-4245
Moore172-30-01-2144
Ptacek30-10-00-0000
Leazer00-00-00-0000
Howard60-10-00-1010
Totals20021-579-1314-3692058

Percentages: FG .368, FT .692. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Balentine 7-14, Simmons 0-1, Ptacek 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots: 3 (Howard 2, Mockevicius). Turnovers: 12 (Gibson 6, Balentine 2, Brown 2, Moore, Simmons). Steals: 4 (Mockevicius 2, Simmons, Howard). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.MinFGFTRebAPFPT
Early256-103-41-61317
Coleby152-32-23-4026
VanVleet293-62-40-1519
Baker306-91-10-22117
Cotton244-110-01-22211
Lufile174-63-53-70011
Green40-30-00-0000
Wessel151-10-21-2022
Bush30-00-01-1000
Carter181-42-52-6004
Simon40-00-00-0000
Wiggins161-21-20-2333
Totals20028-5514-2512-36131480

Percentages: FG .509, FT .560. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Baker 4-6, Cotton 3-5, Early 2-5, VanVleet 1-3, Green 0-1, Wiggins 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 11 (Coleby 6, Early 2, Carter, Lufile, Cotton). Turnovers: 9 (Baker 2, Early 2, VanVleet 2, Lufile 2, Bush). Steals: 9 (VanVleet 4, Wessel, Early, Lufile, Cotton, Baker). Technical Fouls: None.

Evansville312758
Wichita St.413980

A—NA. Officials—Mike Stuart, Mark Whitehead, Kipp Kissinger.

Bonus points

Wichita State converted three three-point plays and two four-point plays. Credit tough practices as finishing school.

“There's not a line item for referees in our practice in our budget,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.

WSU forward Cleanthony Early contributed a four-point play for a 23-20 lead. His steal and layup led to another and a 35-25 lead.

“We don't get any foul calls in practice,” Early said. “It's like I'm trying to make the basket regardless because I feel like I might not get the foul call. Sometimes you get lucky and you get the foul call and the ball goes in the basket.”

Send it away

Wichita State’s 11 blocks set a tournament record, moving Creighton (1984) and Illinois State (2009) back in the record books with 10.

Kadeem Coleby’s six tie him with Creighton’s Gregory Echenique in second place for single-game blocks. Echenique blocked six in 2013 against Drake and again against WSU.

“Having Kadeem back there and C.J. (Lufile) really helped tonight especially, and it's been that way all season when we want to extend pressure,” WSU guard Fred VanVleet said. “Got to have some erasers back there.”

WSU’s 11 blocks ranks in a tie for sixth in program history, matching a 1962 effort against Drake. The Shockers have blocked 170 shots this season, second on the season list.

Minor pains

VanVleet briefly left the game midway through the second half and received some attention from trainer Todd Fagan. No big deal, he said.

“I think I just tried to get a rebound or a loose ball and just fell straight on my back, but I'm fine,” he said.

Evansville guard D.J. Balentine suffered a hip pointer late in the game.

Worth noting

• WSU makes its ninth trip to the semifinals since 1991 and its 16th since the tournament started. It has played in five championship games.

• WSU improves to 28-32 in the MVC Tournament and is 1-1 vs. Evansville. The Aces are 6-20 in the tournament.

• The Shockers made 50.9 percent of their shots and are 8-0 when shooting 50 percent or better.

• Aces center Egidius Mockevicius scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his MVC-leading 10th double-double.

Paul Suellentrop

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