Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report

Monday's box score

FG FT Reb

ALCORN ST. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Francis 25 3-5 4-7 1-4 1 3 10

Ragland 16 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 5

Boyd 26 0-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1

Searcy 20 1-3 3-4 1-4 2 4 5

Holt 25 6-15 1-2 1-5 0 3 13

Savannah 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2

Blackwell 16 0-2 0-0 0-1 5 0 0

Anthony 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Ingram 9 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2

Rogers 11 1-3 0-0 2-4 1 3 2

Eackles 14 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 0 4

Starks 20 4-6 0-2 5-10 0 4 8

Martin 10 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 0 0

Totals 200 20-53 10-19 14-38 12 20 52

Percentages: FG .377, FT .526.

3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Ragland 1-1, Eackles 1-2, Ingram 0-1, Anthony 0-1, Boyd 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Holt, Martin, Francis).

Turnovers: 28 (Searcy 7, Rogers 6, Blackwell 3, Boyd 3, Ragland 2, Francis 2, Ingram 2, Starks, Anthony, Eackles).

Steals: 5 (Holt, Boyd, Searcy, Francis, Rogers).

Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

WICHITA ST. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Ellis 25 6-10 2-4 2-7 1 3 14

Hatch 20 1-4 0-0 2-3 2 3 3

Durley 11 1-2 4-4 0-2 0 3 7

Hannah 22 4-8 0-1 3-4 8 1 9

Murry 27 5-10 2-4 2-5 4 3 13

Manigault 12 1-2 2-4 0-0 3 1 4

Williams 18 1-3 2-2 0-0 2 2 4

Kyles 20 4-7 3-4 1-3 3 0 11

Brown 4 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0

Blair 25 5-15 2-2 3-6 0 4 12

Stutz 16 5-8 0-0 5-12 0 2 10

Totals 200 33-70 17-25 19-44 23 22 87

Percentages: FG .471, FT .680.

3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Durley 1-1, Hannah 1-2, Hatch 1-4, Murry 1-4, Williams 0-1, Kyles 0-1, Brown 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 0.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Ellis 3, Stutz).

Turnovers: 12 (Murry 3, Blair 3, Durley 2, Hatch 2, Williams, Ellis).

Steals: 11 (Murry 3, Kyles 2, Hannah 2, Williams, Blair, Stutz, Ellis).

Technical Fouls: None.

Alcorn St. 24 28—52

Wichita St. 42 45—87

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Officials_Curtis Shaw, Paul Janssen, Mike Thibodeaux.

Find a friend

Wichita State guard Demetric Williams isn't going through the freshman ups and downs alone. He's got a friend at Kansas who can identify.

Williams played a season-high 18 minutes on Monday and seems to be coach Gregg Marshall's choice as backup point guard. There is a lot of room for improvement before anybody puts a solid claim on that job. Monday, Williams had two assists and one turnover. He scored four points.

"I'm still learning," he said. "(Marshall) mostly stressed the defense, and don't turn the ball over. Run the sets and get our team in the right sets."

Williams said the biggest adjustment from high school is the concentration needed to play hard all the time.

"Don't take any breaks, no plays off," he said. "You've got to give your all the whole time you're out there."

That's what Kansas freshman Elijah Johnson tells him when they talk after games. They played together at Las Vegas Cheyenne High.

"It's real good help _ we're both there for each other," Williams said.

Marshall can relate

Marshall rarely shows any desire to run up the score on overmatched opponents. He will usually start clearing his bench at the earliest possible moment.

Monday, WSU had 100 points in range when it led 84-45 with 4:22 to play.

Arkansas beat Alcorn State 130-68. Ohio State and Robert Morris also scored 100 against the Braves.

"I have never been one of those guys," he said. "Margin of victory is not important. It's more about getting better as a basketball team and acting like we coach them a little bit."

Part of the reason is that he used to be the designated punching bag for bigger schools when he coached at Winthrop. Alcorn State is playing its ninth game on the road and travels to No. 1 Kansas on Wednesday. They receive guarantee checks for most of those games, and are expected to provide the home team an easy win.

"It's really hard on your kids," Marshall said. "These guys have to go on the road to pay for their program."

Alcorn State's arena is under renovation, so the Braves practice on campus on a smaller-than-regulation court. They won't play at home until Dec. 30, meaning they start the season with 12 road games.

"It's been awfully tough," Alcorn State coach Larry Smith said. "That's still no excuse. We've got to come out and perform better. We've got to compete, and right now, that's not something we're doing as a team."

Smith, who is in his second season, is rebuilding with eight freshmen.

"There will be a lot of growing pains," Smith said. "Unfortunately, we haven't had the opportunity to get them better in an environment conducive to where they're going to be playing. That's killing us right now."

Worth noting _ WSU recorded its highest point total since a 95-87 loss at Missouri State in 2007. The Shockers have not broken 90 points since a 102-46 win over

Maryland-Eastern Shore early in the 2006-07 season. . . After picking up two fouls in the first eight minutes of the game, WSU junior J.T. Durley played a season-low 11 minutes and scored seven points. Durley, after averaging 15 points in WSU's first three games, has totaled 16 in the next three.

_ Paul Suellentrop

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