Wichita State Shockers

August 12, 2014

Shocker Summer: To the Final Four via Manhattan

Wichita State’s first NCAA Final Four appearance came after a regional victory to remember.

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in The Eagle on March 14, 1965.

MANHATTAN – Wichita State’s Shockers moved into the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball semifinals Saturday night by defeating the Oklahoma State Cowpokes at their own game of ball control.

The final score was 54 to 46.

The Shockers led all of the way in nailing their 21st victory and becoming the first Wichita quintet to advance to the Midwest Regional championships.

Wichita and the Far West Regional champions will meet next Friday night in Portland, Ore. Defending NCAA champion UCLA beat San Francisco, 101-93, for the Far West title at Provo, Utah.

After moving to a 31-22 halftime lead which they built by hitting 13 of 17 shots from the field, the Shocks put the ball up only 12 times in the second half. They hit four of them and drew 11 personal fouls from the Cowpokes which they converted into 15 points with 17 tries from the charity line.

Wichita stuck with its five starters for the entire distance and they played their offense and defense in a disciplined manner which astounded their best supporters who made up the biggest part of a 12,500 crowd.

Kelly Pete led the scoring with 19 points and led the Shocks’ rebounding with nine recoveries, but this was a contest which was decided by a fired-up effort by five men.

Wichita hit a torrid 76 percent from the field in the first half as it moved to a 31-22 lead with a slow down attack on which it went for only the good percentage-type shots.

In the game, the Shocks hit 59 percent from the field with 17 of 29 shots from the floor counting for them.

At the line they missed only five times in 25 attempts.

Oklahoma State hit 43 percent from the field and was in the uncommon position of having taken more field attempts than its opposition. The Cowpokes shot 42 times.

Oklahoma State twice came back to narrow the Shocks’ margin to four points at 35-31, 37-33 and 39-35 in the first eight minutes of the second half. But the Shocks used a long pass layup by Pete on which John Criss got the assist to put them in a more comfortable 41-35 lead with nine minutes left.

The Cowpokes never moved closer than five points after that.

Wichita (54): Smith 2-2 8-9 13, Thompson 2-4 3-3 7, Leach 5-8 1-3 11, Criss 2-6 1-1 5, Pete 6-9 7-9 19. Totals 17-29 20-25 54.

Oklahoma State (46): Hassman 4-9 1-1 9, King 2-3 2-2 6, Johnson 3-8 3-3 9, Iba 2-2 1-2 5, Moulder 3-10 0-1 6, LaBrue 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 18-42 10-13 46

Halftime -- Wichita 31, Oklahoma State 22. Rebounds -- Wichita State 22 (Pete 9); Oklahoma State 22 (King 5). Fouls -- Wichita State 13 (Smith and Leach 4); Oklahoma State 17 (Hassman 5). Officials -- Louis Soriano and Robert Korte. Attendance -- 12,500.

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