Sunday’s box score
|Wichita St. 68, Illinois St. 67|
2048–68Illinois St. 27 40 – 67
Ready to run
WSU guard Ron Baker ran full-speed on a basketball court Sunday, another step in his return from a stress fracture in his left foot.
Baker had been running on the soft turf at WSU’s baseball indoor practice facilty. He tested the foot at Redbird Arena on Sunday.
“I don’t have any pain, it’s just a little tender from starting to run and all that stuff, but that’s just my foot in general,” he said. “We’ll see how it reacts.”
After Saturday, Baker will try running regularly, the next landmark in his return.
“After the fourth week I can start running every day,” he said. “That’s when I can see where I’m really at, is when I start running every single day instead of every other day.”
Baker started taking full-speed jump shots on Thursday, starting with 25 and adding 10 each day.
Baker, a freshman from Scott City, has been sidelined since mid-December. He started 10 games before the injury, averaging 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Several witnesses said coaches from both teams exchanged words in the hallway outside the locker rooms after the game, sending security guards scurrying.
WSU coach Gregg Marshall declined to comment on the specifics. He did discuss the matter with Illinois State athletic director Gary Friedman. A security guard followed him and his players while they walked around the arena until they exited.
“I’m not going to talk about that,” Marshall said. “That was crazy. It was uncalled for, I’ll just put it that way.”
The rivalry between the two teams heated up in last season’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, when the Redbirds eliminated the Shockers in a physical game. This summer, assistant coach Dana Ford left WSU, after one season as a full-time coach, to join the Illinois State staff, adding another element of tension to the series.
Six NBA scouts attended, including Matt Doherty of the Indiana Pacers. Golden State assistant general manager and director of player personnel Travis Schlenk, who did his graduate work at WSU, also watched. . .WSU held the Redbirds to a season-low 24 percent (6 of 25) shooting in the first half. . .WSU defeated Illinois State for the eighth time in the past nine meetings.. . WSU’s Malcolm Armstead made 3 of 7 threes and is 11 of 19 in his past three games.