Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report: Louisville 62, WSU 52

Tim Aylen

Thursday’s box score

LOUISVILLE 62, WSU 52

Wichita St.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Brown

19

3-8

0-2

2

1

1

7

Kelly

19

0-4

0-1

2

1

3

0

Morris

30

5-13

0-0

4

1

2

10

Frankamp

34

3-7

0-0

4

1

0

9

Shamet

16

0-5

2-2

4

3

4

2

McDuffie

27

2-7

6-8

4

2

2

10

Reaves

14

2-6

0-0

2

1

0

5

Nurger

14

1-1

1-1

5

0

1

3

Smith

13

1-1

0-0

1

1

0

3

Willis

12

1-4

1-2

4

1

4

3

Hamilton

2

0-1

0-2

0

0

0

0

Totals

200

18-57

10-18

32

12

17

52

Percentages: FG .316, FT .556. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Frankamp 3-7, Smith 1-1, Brown 1-4, Reaves 1-4, Kelly 0-1, Morris 0-1, McDuffie 0-2, Shamet 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 12 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 12 (McDuffie 3, Shamet 2, Willis 2, Brown, Morris, Nurger, Reaves, Smith). Steals: 4 (Brown, Frankamp, Morris, Willis). Technical Fouls: None.

Louisville

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Adel

21

3-6

2-2

2

1

5

11

Johnson

14

0-1

1-2

6

0

3

1

Mathiang

6

0-1

1-2

2

0

4

1

Mitchell

35

5-13

2-3

8

5

1

14

Snider

35

5-15

2-2

4

3

3

14

Mahmoud

31

1-1

3-4

5

1

2

5

Spalding

25

2-5

0-0

9

1

3

4

King

20

2-8

6-8

4

0

1

10

Levitch

8

1-1

0-0

0

2

0

2

Stockman

3

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

McMahon

2

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

0

Totals

200

19-52

17-23

42

13

22

62

Percentages: FG .365, FT .739. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Adel 3-4, Mitchell 2-8, Snider 2-8, McMahon 0-1, King 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 14 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Mahmoud 6, Spalding 2). Turnovers: 14 (King 3, Mahmoud 3, Snider 3, Adel, Mathiang, McMahon, Mitchell, Spalding). Steals: 4 (Mitchell 3, Snider). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita St.

17

35

52

Louisville

33

29

62

A—1,604 (0).

Equal treatment for bigs

Wichita State’s Shaq Morris played a career-high 30 minutes and collected a mere two fouls.

On Wednesday, he played 16 minutes against LSU and fouled three times. The big margin cut his time more than fouls.

Morris didn’t tower over the bigs from LSU and Louisville, which might help reduce his fouls.

“It’s better,” he said. “We usually play teams where I’m really the biggest guy out there. I even talk to the refs and make sure I keep my hands where they need to be. That kept me on the floor.”

Morris scored 10 points, six in the second half when the Shockers made more of an effort to pass and dribble into the lane. WSU made 9 of 11 foul shots in the second half and improved its shooting percentages slightly. It scored 14 of its 20 points in the lane in the second half.

The Shockers needed the halftime break.

“Coach (Gregg Marshall) collected us and told us to get the ball inside,” Morris said. “Second half, we executed better.”

Down time for WSU

It took six games for Marshall to get a look at how his team reacted in hard times.

In the first five — even Wednesday against LSU — the Shockers led at halftime and cruised to the buzzer.

“We faced our first adversity of the year,” he said. “It didn’t go so well. I was interested to see how all of them would react. We have a lot of guys that this is the first time they’ve been, either, core guys in a game like that, or their first experience playing against a team of that caliber.”

Landmark for Pitino

Louisville coach Rick Pitino earned win No. 750 in his career that started in 1975 with a temporary spot at Hawaii.

He is 750-134 in 31 seasons.

“Two of them are against me,” Marshall said. “Both them hurt, this one not quite as bad as the first one (in the 2013 Final Four).”

Pitino sounded relieved.

“(WSU) is as tough a basketball team as you’ll find,” he said. “They’re just tough, tough guys. And they shoot it well.”

Other games

Baylor 73, No. 24 Michigan State 58 — Johnathan Motley scored 26 points on 12-of-22 shooting for the Bears (5-0). Miles Bridges led the Spartans (3-3) with 15. Baylor trailed 33-30 at halftime.

VCU 75, St. John’s 69 — Jonathan Williams scored 22 points to help the Rams (4-1) rally from a 13-point deficit. Shamorie Ponds led the Red Storm (2-3) with 18 points.

LSU 66, Old Dominion 60 — The Tigers (4-1) shot 61 percent in the second half and Brandon Sampson scored 24 points. Ahmad Caver led the Monarchs (2-2) with 11 points.

Worth noting

Louisville out-rebounded WSU 46-33. The Shockers matched the Cardinals 16-16 in second-chance points. WSU entered the game plus-15.3 in rebounding margin, No. 7 natioally. … Louisville extended its series lead to 21-5 with wins in 16 of the past 17 meetings. … WSU’s bench outscored the Cardinal bench 24-21. … WSU guard Conner Frankamp played a career-high 34 minutes and made 3 of 7 three-pointers. He is 6 of 12 from three-point range in the past three games.

Paul Suellentrop

Battle 4 Atlantis

At Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wednesday

Wichita State 82, LSU 47

Baylor 71, VCU 63

Michigan State 73, St. John’s 62

Louisville 68, Old Dominion 62

Thursday

Baylor 73, Michigan State 58

Louisville 62, Wichita State 52

VCU 75, St. John’s 69

LSU 66, Old Dominion 60

Friday

Wichita State vs. Michigan State, noon (ESPN2)

Baylor vs. Louisville, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

VCU vs. LSU, 6 p.m. (AXS TV)

St. John’s vs. Old Dominion, 8:30 p.m. (AXS TV)

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