Saturday’s box score
No. 5 Wichita St. 68,
Indiana St. 48
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Percentages: FG .314, FT .688. 3-Point Goals: 5-20, .250 (Cummings 3-7, Odum 1-1, Kitchell 1-1, Burnett 0-1, Moore 0-1, Eitel 0-1, Brown 0-1, Arop 0-2, Gant 0-2, Smith 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 3 (Bell, Smith, Cummings). Turnovers: 11 (Gant 3, Odum 3, Arop 2, Kitchell 2, Cummings). Steals: 4 (Cummings 2, Eitel, Arop). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .429, FT .654. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Baker 2-6, VanVleet 1-3, Green 0-1, Wiggins 0-1, Wessel 0-1, Early 0-1, Cotton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 2 (Lufile, Coleby). Turnovers: 9 (Cotton 2, Lufile 2, VanVleet, Carter, Baker, Early). Steals: 8 (Baker 3, VanVleet 3, Early, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.
A—10,506. Officials—Rick Randall, Terry Oglesby, David Stevens.
Six Shockers inducted
Wichita State inducted six former athletes into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame at halftime. The Elmore family, representing deceased former men’s basketball player Robert Elmore, received the loudest cheers.
ESPN broadcaster Len Elmore represented his brother, as did his sister (Laverne Smith) and two nieces and nephew. Robert Elmore played from 1973-77 and earned All-MVC honors three times, one of five Shockers to do so. He died of a heroin overdose in Italy, where he played professionally, in 1977. Len Elmore worked the game as an ESPN2 analyst.
Joining Elmore in the class of 2014 were former men’s basketball players Jason Perez and Joe Stevens, football player Lynn Duncan, women’s basketball player Lisa Hodgson and baseball player Todd Dreifort.
Off the line
Indiana State guard Jake Odum entered the game averaging 12.5 points and 6.4 foul shots. While Odum, a senior, frustrated the Shockers over the year, he had little impact on the game Saturday.
The Shockers, with Tekele Cotton doing most of the work, held Odum to seven points on 1-of-4 shooting and four free throws. He had three turnovers to go with his three assists. He didn’t score in the first half until making four free throws in the final 44 seconds with Indiana State already down by double digits. In the second half, he made a three-pointer with 3:18 to play.
Cotton has seen enough of Odum to know not to fall for his unorthodox moves and crafty ways of drawing fouls.
“He knows how to draw fouls very well and very professionally and you’ve got to respect that,” Cotton said. “You’ve just got to stay disciplined and stay down and contain as best as you can. That’s all I try to do.”
Odum started as a freshman and helped Indiana State push the Shockers to three overtimes, before losing, in 2011 at Koch Arena. In the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, he orchestrated an upset of WSU in the semifinals and led the Sycamores to the tournament title. Last season, Indiana State won at Koch Arena by 13 points.
“He’s certainly the straw that stirs the drink and has been since 2004,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He’s a tremendous player, but Tekele Cotton did a wonderful job on him. His four points at halftime were both from the foul line and one was a silly foul and one was a phantom foul.”
Streaking into history
Win No. 19 moves Wichita State into a tie for second on the MVC’s list of best starts to a season. The Shockers join Cincinnati (1962-63) and Kansas (1908-09) with 19-0 starts. They also tie that Kansas team for fifth on the Valley’s list of longest win streaks.
Wichita State’s 19th straight win matched Marshall’s longest streak as a head coach. He won 19 in a row at Winthrop in 2006-07.
Wichita State improved to 20-2 at home when ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll. 2015 recruits Anthony Bonner (guard, Lawrence), Landry Shamet (guard, Park Hill, Mo.), Kevin Puryear (forward, Blue Springs, Mo., South) took unofficial visits to Saturday’s game. Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti attended, as did Pacers scout Matt Doherty and former Shockers Cheese Johnson and Jamar Howard. Odum has 539 career assists and 500 free throws, making him the first MVC player with 500-plus in both categories. WSU forward Evan Wessel played after missing Tuesday’s game with a sprained ankle.