Wichita State continues to excel in the second half. That is when its talent and experience begins to play off. In 12 MVC games, the Shockers have outscored the opponent 11 times after the break. The average margin is 11.7 points. On the road, it’s 12.7 points.
The Shockers are down to three MVC road games, all of them challenging. There is no reason they should fear going on the road.“We know we can’t lose from here on out,” WSU guard Toure Murry said. “If we want to have a chance to compete for first place, we’ve got to continue to win on the road.”All season, one of coach Gregg Marshall’s hot-button issues has been turnovers. Along with defense, sloppy passes and poor decisions rank as the quickest way for a guard to find a seat on the bench. The Shockers have been careful all season, and it’s getting even better. WSU had nine turnovers against Indiana State, three in the second half. It is their third straight game with fewer than 10, following five at SIU and seven against Bradley.
Sycamores coach Greg Lansing is an admirer of WSU’s ball-handling skills, in part because it’s a weakness for his team. The Shockers played a great brand of unselfish, crisp basketball on Tuesday.“I was very pleased with how our team shared the basketball,” Marshall said. “Guard to guard, guard to post, post to guard. It was really good to see. . .how many easy baskets we were able to produce by being unselfish.”WSU’s post men benefited the most. Garrett Stutz made 7 of 9 shots and scored 15 points. J.T. Durley added 13. In two games against the Sycamores, Stutz is 12 of 22 with an average of 15.5 points.“That was our main game plan, was get the ball inside and let the big men work and play off them,” WSU guard Toure Murry said.
WSU flew out Evansville around 10 a.m., Wednesday morning.WSU signee Carl Hall played Tuesday night for Northwest Florida State College, his first game since collapsing during a game on Jan. 19. He scored 14 points in a win over Chipola (Fla.), scoring nine of his team’s final 14 points.Creighton takes Bradley off the hook with a poor effort in Peoria. Creighton coach Greg McDermott wasn’t pleased with how the early tip was handled.
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