Friday’s box score
No. 1 WSU 64, Cal Poly 37
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.
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.
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.
• 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.