Tuesday’s box score
No. 5 WSU 72, Bradley 50
Percentages: FG .352, FT .571. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Grier 2-5, Pickett 1-2, Barnes 1-3, Lemon, Jr. 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (Taylor, Bell). Turnovers: 13 (Pickett 4, Bell 3, Lemon, Jr. 3, Blake, Grier). Steals: 6 (Pickett 3, Lemon, Jr. 3). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .396, FT .793. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (VanVleet 2-2, Green 2-4, Baker 1-2, Early 1-3, Wiggins 1-5, Bush 0-1, Simon 0-1, Cotton 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 7 (Early 2, Coleby 2, Lufile, Wiggins, Green). Turnovers: 9 (Simon 2, Cotton, Early, VanVleet, Wiggins, Carter, Coleby, Lufile). Steals: 7 (Green 3, VanVleet 3, Early). Technical Fouls: None.
A—10,506. Officials—Don Daily, Brad Ferrie, KC Ely.
Help from deep
Wichita State freshman forward Derail Green scored a career-high eight points in a span of 61 seconds in the first half.
Green, who redshirted last season, is a three-point shooter trying to find his position. He also took a charge, blocked a shot and grabbed three steals. With forward Evan Wessel out with a sprained ankle, Green provided important minutes off the bench.
“Every time the ball touches my hands I’m ready to shoot,” he said. “I’m just trying to add to the team, add to the horses.”
Green, from Houston, played a career-high 18 minutes, up 17 from Saturday’s game at Missouri State.
“It’s been a long time coming,” sophomore guard Fred VanVleet said. “We all know he can shoot the ball. I thought he made some good plays on defense, getting some deflections to start the break.”
Friend of the team
The Shockers lost a big fan on Monday when Andrew Williams, 9, died of leukemia. Last week, the team and coaches took a meal to Williams, who was too ill to travel to a game.
“We’re all sad that such a young life ended,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “We’ve got a great angel, now, in Andrew looking over us. The timing for our guys getting out there, to Peck, and visiting with him was vitally important.”
Several of the players used Twitter to express their sadness.
“#PlayAngry4Andrew,” sophomore Ron Baker wrote on his Twitter feed. “#Ripandrew you were and continue to be an inspiration to me and the team. definitely a part of our family. amazing young man,” wrote VanVleet.
Williams was a fourth-grader at Oatville Elementary School in Haysville.
“I think all of us had a little heavy heart,” VanVleet said. “We just wanted to take an opportunity when it comes and be thankful for what you’ve got.”
The deadline is Wednesday to buy tickets to Friday’s Shocker Sports Hall of Fame dinner at Koch Arena. Cost is $25 and the dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Basketball players Robert Elmore, Jason Perez, Joe Stevens, women’s basketball player Lisa Hodgson, baseball player Todd Dreifort and football player Lynn Duncan will be inducted during Saturday’s game against Indiana State.… Bradley guard Walt Lemon Jr., averaging 17.1 points, scored 12, his fewest in an MVC game.… The Shockers are 54 of 69 from the line in their past two games, outscoring their opponents by 35 points. In five MVC games, WSU has outscored its opponents 91-53 from the line. WSU’s Ron Baker made both his free throws and is perfect on 12 attempts in MVC play.… Marshall is closing in on his personal win streak of 19 games, accomplished during the 2006-07 season at Winthrop.… Bradley leads the series 71-63.