Notes from Wichita State's win over Chicago State.
Lots of lobs
The lob pass isn't always easy to execute. WSU guard Joe Ragland made the timing look smooth with three lobs for dunks. He found David Kyles, Garrett Stutz and Ehimen Orukpe for dunks.
"Some of them were plays," Ragland said. "Some of them were just instinct. Ehimen called for his, and I threw it up where he wanted it."
Ragland finished with a season-high six assists, bringing his total in the past five games to 19 assist and five turnovers.
Watch and grin
The Shocker starters enjoyed their courtside seat. None of them played more than 16 minutes. All of them seemed to enjoy watching the reserves.
"It's a team effort," WSU senior Toure Murry said. "The young guys played well. We like this type of game where everybody can get in and showcase their skills."
The reserves tried to use the minutes to make a good impression on the coaches.
"It's real helpful, because you can work on the little things, like boxing out and getting in the gap (for defense)," junior James Anacreon said. "It's like a practice game, really, except you're playing against other players than the ones you play against every day."
Anacreon, who played a season-high 16 minutes, made a big impression on his teammates and the crowd with his first-half dunk. He started the play with quick hands on defense and ended it soaring over a defender who underestimated Anacreon's hops.
"As soon as I got the deflection, I just took off and I knew I was going to get it back," Anacreon said. "He timed his steps up _ he didn't think I could jump or something _ so I had to meet him at the rim."
The 50-point margin of victory ranks eighth in Shocker history and is the fourth-largest since 1980. WSU's total of 94 points its highest in coach Gregg Marshall's four-plus seasons. The Shockers broke 90 for the fourth time in his tenure.... WSU paid Chicago State a guarantee of $80,000.... Former Creighton guard James Farr is an assistant at Chicago State. He earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 1989.