Sunday’s box score
No. 12 Wichita St. 70,
Saint Louis 65
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Percentages: FG .462, FT .895. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Baker 2-3, Early 2-5, VanVleet 1-3, Cotton 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 2 (Early, Coleby). Turnovers: 18 (Cotton 4, VanVleet 4, Baker 3, Wiggins 3, Carter 2, Early). Steals: 7 (Baker 4, Early 2, Carter). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .396, FT .783. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (McCall Jr. 2-4, Jett 1-2, Loe 1-3, McBroom 1-5, Evans 0-1, Barnett 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (McCall Jr., Evans, Loe). Turnovers: 13 (Jett 4, Evans 4, McBroom 2, Lancona, Manning, Loe). Steals: 12 (Jett 3, McCall Jr. 3, Evans 3, Manning, McBroom, Glaze). Technical Fouls: None.
A—NA. Officials—Lamar Simpson, Bo Boroski, Quintin Murphy.
Move and counter move
Wichita State sophomore Ron Baker is on a scoring run — 20-plus points in four straight games.
In only one of those games did he go crazy from three-point range. In the others, he used the threat of his outside shot to set up drives and draw fouls. On Sunday, he scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 6 of 7 foul shots. He made two three-pointers.
Playing point guard, when Fred VanVleet rests, also helps Baker create shots.
“Luckily, I was able to get to the rim and get some calls,” he said. “Playing the one helps, getting an opportunity to drive and make plays.”
In the past four games, Baker is 26 of 47 (57.7 percent) from the field, 10 of 23 (43.5) from three-point range and 25 of 28 (89.3) from the line. He set his career high with 21 points against Tulsa, tied it in the next game and set it again with 23 against BYU on Tuesday.
On the border
There will be some shuffling in the top 10 after the past week. However, it’s not certain how far No. 12 Wichita State can move up when the Associated Press poll comes out Monday. Four teams ranked ahead of WSU lost last week — No. 2 Kansas, No. 5 Oklahoma State , No. 6 Duke and No. 11 Gonzaga.
While Gonzaga figures to drop after its loss to unranked Dayton, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Duke will likely remain in the top 10.
WSU hasn’t been ranked in the top 10 since the 2006-07 season, when it reached No. 8.
Remembering a coach
Saint Louis marked the anniversary of former coach Rick Majerus’ death with a halftime ceremony and video.
Majerus coached the Billikens for five seasons, going 95-69. In August 2012, the university announced Majerus would not coach the 2012-13 season because of heart problems. He died on Dec. 1, 2012. Assistant coach Jim Crews was named interim coach and took the head coaching position in April.
WSU is 8-0 for the second straight season. It also started 8-0 in 1980-81 and 1981-82. Last season’s team was the only one of the previous three to reach 9-0. The Shockers last won at Saint Louis in 1969. The teams, Missouri Valley Conference rivals from 1945-1974, last played in 1975. Saint Louis leads the series 41-20.