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Day After: Charleston Southern at Wichita State

WSU junior forward Carl Hall scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 19 minutes.The score: WSU 85, Charleston Southern 57

Key stats: WSU made 11 of 22 three-pointers for the game. It held the Buccaneers to five baskets in the first half to build a 45-17 lead and led by as many as 44 in the second half.

WSU scored 85 points without Garrett Stutz, Joe Ragland and Toure Murry combining for 10. Even adjusted for competition, that’s another good indication the Shockers are capable of scoring and that the Brazil trip is paying off. It’s probably not coincidence that the one newcomer – James Anacreon – who didn’t travel to Brazil – is the one who played the fewest minutes Sunday. Anacreon also missed practices due to injury and an illness in the family, so he is playing catchup. I think he will play an important role and the Shockers need depth at forward. How soon? That will be the interesting thing to follow.Carl Hall hasn’t been a surprise at all. He rebounds like a bigger, stronger version of Ramon Clemente, which is exactly what we expected. If he can grab rebounds at a similar rate against better competition in Puerto Rico, it’s even more significant.Turnover numbers by the reserves on scholarship – three, compared to six assists.Jake White grabbed five rebounds and looked more aggressive and confident than in the exhibition game. Against Emporia State, he got in foul trouble and that appeared to throw him off his game. Like Anacreon, WSU needs White to contribute and Sunday’s game is a good sign.

Quote“Just a typical Gregg Marshall team – plays great defense, plays together, athletic, strong, deep, very focused,” CSU coach Barclay Radebaugh, a former Marshall assistant, said. “I’m reminded why he’s one of the best coaches in the country.”