Saturday’s box score
No. 20 Wichita State 73,
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Percentages: FG .319, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Lemon Jr. 2-5, Pickett 1-1, Eastman 1-4, Simms-Edwards 0-1, Crawford 0-2, Bell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Simms-Edwards, Shayok, Lemon Jr.). Turnovers: 14 (Eastman 4, Shayok 3, Bell 3, Pickett, Wells, Prosser, Simms-Edwards). Steals: 5 (Lemon Jr. 2, Pickett 2, Bell). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .510, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Wiggins 3-3, Armstead 2-6, Early 1-4, Williams 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 3 (Orukpe 2, Wiggins). Turnovers: 12 (Williams 3, Armstead 2, Orukpe 2, Cotton 2, Hall, Van Vleet, Wiggins). Steals: 10 (Armstead 4, Williams 2, Early, White, Wiggins, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
2316–39Wichita St. 32 41 – 73
Att.–10,506. Officials–Kipp Kissinger, Jeff Campbell, Brad Gaston.
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WSU inducted volleyball player Sara (Lungren) Walkup and basketball player Paul Miller into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame at halftime.
Walkup earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2007 and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year twice. Miller earned honorable mention All-America honors and MVC Player of the Year in 2006.
“I really had an amazing four years at Wichita and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish,” Miller, who is playing professionally in France, said in a recorded statement.
On the rebound
Bradley coach Geno Ford watched his players work for inside position on the defensive end. Then they couldn’t grab the ball. WSU players did, time and time again, to total 10 offensive rebounds in the second half.
“We just came up with no significant rebounds in traffic,” he said. “So they were scoring, which allowed them to press.”
Nobody hit the Braves harder than Shocker sophomore Jake White, who had six of those offensive rebounds all in the second half, and nine for the game.
“He’s just out-competing us for the ball,” Ford said. “For Jake White to get six offensive rebounds off the bench, that’s a problem. Give him a lot of credit, the kid played hard and flew around. But it’s not like he’s getting them up at the top of the white square.”
White matched his career-high with 11 points for the second time in four games.
Bradley played without senior center Will Egolf, who averages 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. He sat out due to pain in his right knee.
Egolf missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and has had three surgeries on the knee. He hurt the knee on Wednesday at Evansville and hasn’t practiced since, coach Geno Ford told the Peoria Journal-Star.
“It’s 50-50 whether he practices Monday or plays Tuesday (against Illinois State),” Ford told the Journal-Star.
WSU coach Gregg Marshall said he told Egolf to get healthy.
“He’s a difference-maker for them,” Marshall said. “I hope he gets well quickly and they start winning some games.”
Coaches wore sneakers as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer weekend.… Fans witnessed a rare block-charge double foul late in the half. WSU’s Tekele Cotton and Bradley’s Walt Lemon Jr. got the fouls, Cotton for the charge and Lemon Jr. for the block. WSU kept the ball and Cleanthony Early made a 15-foot jumper for a 26-21 lead. . .Bradley guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards didn’t record a steal for the first time this season. He entered the game averaging 3.15 steals a game, third nationally.
— Paul Suellentrop