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Shocker report Shocker report (March 21)

  • Published Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:54 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11:24 p.m.

Friday’s box score

No. 1 WSU 64, Cal Poly 37

CAL POLYMinFGM-AFTM-AOR-TRAPFPT
Nwaba140-31-41-2121
Awich171-50-02-5002
Eversley282-141-13-5026
Johnson201-51-20-2124
Odister232-90-01-1135
Bolden50-20-00-0000
Love224-61-40-3119
Morgan181-62-22-2025
Shipley191-40-00-1133
Bennett130-21-20-4011
Silvestri50-10-10-1000
Gordon160-11-21-5011
Totals20012-588-1813-3451737

Percentages: FG .207, FT .444. 3-Point Goals: 5-28, .179 (Shipley 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Morgan 1-5, Eversley 1-6, Odister 1-6, Bolden 0-1, Silvestri 0-1, Awich 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Morgan). Turnovers: 6 (Johnson, Love, Shipley, Bennett, Gordon, Awich). Steals: 7 (Love 3, Bolden 2, Nwaba, Eversley). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.MinFGM-AFTM-AOR-TRAPFPT
Early199-152-31-71323
Coleby192-41-61-3035
VanVleet281-52-20-3814
Baker272-32-41-9307
Cotton190-10-00-1120
Lufile174-70-02-5018
Green81-30-00-1013
Wessel201-10-02-3122
Bush30-10-00-1100
Carter171-53-41-6215
Simon50-12-20-0012
Wiggins182-40-02-4025
Totals20023-5012-2111-46171764

Percentages: FG .460, FT .571. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Early 3-8, Wiggins 1-2, Baker 1-2, Green 1-3, Cotton 0-1, Simon 0-1, VanVleet 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 6 (Coleby 4, Lufile, Baker). Turnovers: 12 (Cotton 2, Wessel, Baker, Wiggins, Early, Green, Lufile, VanVleet, Coleby, Bush). Steals: 4 (Wessel 2, VanVleet, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.

Cal Poly132437
Wichita St.323264

A—NA. Officials—Bryan Kersey, Sean Hull, William Covington.

Opener serves as ice-breaker

Not all of the Shockers are NCAA Tournament veterans. Senior center Chadrack Lufile didn’t play more than six minutes in a tournament last season.

No matter. Lufile scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes to lead WSU’s post rotation. Starter Kadeem Coleby, who redshirted last season, blocked four shots. Junior Darius Carter, a newcomer, had six rebounds.

Lufile admitted to no jitters.

“Just doing my job,” he said. “Just coming out there and trying to be a leader on the offensive glass and the defensive glass. Make sure my man doesn’t touch the ball. I feel I am one of the energy guys that gets our team to the next level, so I have to keep that energy every time.”

Coleby blocked four or more shots for the third time. He has 45 this season, eighth on WSU’s single-season list. The Shockers blocked six shots and have 181 this season, breaking the previous high of 177 in 2012-13.

Coleby, who has started all four postseason games, was surprised by his final tally.

“I had four blocks? Really?” Coleby asked. “Well, I felt good. My legs were feeling good and not hurting too bad. I was ready to go from the start.”

Gray and new

The Shockers debuted new gray uniforms with “Shockers” written across the chest in the same font as the black uniforms from the Final Four.

The Shockers also wore new Nike long-sleeve white shooting shirts with PRIDE written under WuShock.

Worth noting

• WSU’s 27-point margin of victory is its largest in the tournament, topping a 95-70 win over Southern in 1981.

• The Shockers held Cal Poly to its lowest score and lowest shooting percentage of the season.

• WSU’s Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, tying him for No. 7 on the program’s NCAA single-game list with Sean Ogirri. Early, a senior has 104 NCAA points in six games, second on WSU’s career list behind Kelly Pete’s 116 in six games. He improved his NCAA average to 17.3 points, which ranks No. 6.

• Greg Anthony, a guard on the 1991 UNLV team that went 34-0 before losing in the title game, did color commentary on the game for CBS.

• WSU won NCAA games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1964 and 1965. The Shockers are making a third consecutive appearance for the first time.

Paul Suellentrop

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