Tuesday’s box score
Wichita St. 66,
Indiana St. 62
Percentages: FG .385, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Armstead 4-7, Early 4-8, Williams 0-1, Cotton 0-1, Van Vleet 0-1, Wiggins 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 4 (Orukpe, Lufile, Hall, Cotton). Turnovers: 9 (Armstead 4, Van Vleet, White, Williams, Cotton). Steals: 8 (Armstead 3, Van Vleet 2, Wiggins, Cotton, Early). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .408, FT .652. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Arop 2-5, Mahurin 2-6, Odum 1-1, Gant 1-2, Cummings 1-4, Eitel 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 1 (Arop). Turnovers: 16 (Cummings 7, Odum 3, K. Smith, Brown, Arop, Mahurin, Kitchell). Steals: 6 (Arop 2, Mahurin, Cummings, Eitel, Odum). Technical Fouls: None.
2541–66Indiana St. 25 37 – 62
Att.–6,169. Officials–Scott Thornley, Mark Whitehead, Hal Lusk.
On the run
It took Wichita State most of the game to loosen up Indiana State’s defense. In the second half, the Shockers broke through for some easy points, some on fastbreaks.
WSU’s crucial 6-0 run midway through the half came courtesy of three Sycamores turnovers and good passing.
After a Jake Odum turnover, Nick Wiggins ran past the Sycamores defense and took a long pass from Malcolm Armstead, resulting in two foul shots and a 42-42 tie. Demetric Williams made a jump shot for a 44-42 lead after a turnover. Indiana State’s Dawon Cummings threw the ball out of bounds and the Shockers took advantage when Williams rebounded a miss and scored.
“If you can get easy baskets agains these guys those baskets, when you don’t have to attack a set defense in a game like this, are golden,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “I thought, in the middle of the second half, we were beautiful in transition.”
Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin said the matter of Sunday’s post-game confrontation between Illinois State and WSU coaches is closed. He said no discipline will be handed out, following conversations by Valley officials with people from both schools.
"We came close to a dangerous incident," Elgin said. “Any time you have the emotions and volatity of teams right after the game I think we’ve got to be very careful to keep them separate."
WSU defeated Illinois State 68-67 at Redbird Arena, leading to a shouting match that brought security guards scurrying to the scene in the hallway that leads to the locker rooms. Even after restoring order, security guards escorted WSU players and coaches until they exited the arena.
"We need to always review our post-game security, the way in which our teams cross on the court and sometimes back-stage," Elgin said. "We need to remind ourselves of the need to be respectful."
WSU improved to 5-3 in MVC road games and 7-4 this season . WSU’s Carl Hall, after taking two shots in the January loss to Indiana State, scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Armstead made 4 of 7 threes, improving to 34 of 80 in 16 MVC games. WSU defeated Indiana State for the ninth time in the past 11 meetings and the fifth time in a row at the Hulman Center. WSU is 18-18 at the Hulman Center.
— Paul Suellentrop