New to the floor
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall unveiled his redshirt plans when he played freshmen Tekele Cotton, Evan Wessel and Jake White in the first half. That leaves guard Ron Baker as a likely redshirt, should everyone stay healthy. Baker, from Scott City, signed on with WSU as a walk-on with the plan to save a season of eligibility and receive a scholarship in 2012-13.
Wessel’s debut moment didn’t last long. He ran into Cotton seconds after entering the game and came out with a bloody nose. He played with cotton sticking out his right nostril in the second half.
“We don’t have enough uniforms for that kid,” Marshall said.
Cotton made the biggest splash. He made both his jumpers and scored five points in the first half. He earned a roar from the crowd with a steal and dunk in the second half. He finished with 10 points, making 4 of 5 shots. White scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.
WSU senior Toure Murry played 12 minutes off the bench and scored four points.
Murry only recently returned to practice after suffering bruised ribs and a partially collapsed lung on Oct. 27 in a fall during Shocker Madness.
He didn’t survive Sunday without a little pain.
“He wanted to play,” Marshall said. “I thought he was OK. But then at the end, he got hit. When you get hit on a sore spot, it gets more sore.”
NIT banner goes up
Koch Arena’s rafters added another banner before Sunday’s game.
The 2011 National Invitation Tournament championship is commemorated with a yellow banner that reads 2011 champions with the NIT logo.
WSU won its 10th straight season opener, its longest streak since winning 12 straight from the 1956-57 season through the 1967-68 season. The Shockers won their 16th straight home opener, the program’s longest streak. . . . Charleston Southern, picked eighth in the Big South, made 41 of 131 shots and 11 of 43 three-pointers in their two-game swing through Kansas. . . . WSU paid Charleston Southern a guarantee of $75,000 for today’s game.