Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report: WSU 86, Illinois State 45

Wichita State guard John Robert Simon takes a shot against Illinois State guard Matt Hein during the second half Saturday at Koch Arena.
Wichita State guard John Robert Simon takes a shot against Illinois State guard Matt Hein during the second half Saturday at Koch Arena. The Wichita Eagle

Saturday’s box

WICHITA ST. 86, ILLINOIS ST. 45

Illinois St.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Hawkins

23

2-10

0-0

3

0

2

6

Wills

25

3-7

0-0

3

0

1

6

Fayne

18

4-6

1-2

1

0

4

9

Clayton

25

1-3

0-1

2

0

3

2

Lee

25

2-11

0-0

1

3

1

4

Evans

22

3-8

0-1

0

1

2

8

Williams

18

3-7

1-3

2

2

2

7

Ndiaye

21

0-2

0-0

8

0

2

0

Washington

8

0-0

0-0

0

0

3

0

Thompson

12

0-0

1-2

0

0

0

1

Hein

3

0-0

2-2

0

0

0

2

Totals

200

18-54

5-11

29

6

20

45

Percentages: FG .333, FT .455. 3-Point Goals: 4-22, .182 (Evans 2-6, hawkins 2-6, Clayton 0-1, Wills 0-2, Williams 0-2, Lee 0-5). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 19. Blocked Shots: 1 (Hein). Turnovers: 19 (Clayton 3, Williams 3, Hawkins 3, Wills 2, Lee 2, Evans 2, Washington 2, Thompson, Ndiaye). Steals: 4 (Evans, Williams, Wills, Fayne). Technical Fouls: Bench.

Wichita St.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Brown

22

3-7

3-4

3

5

1

10

McDuffie

20

5-7

5-6

5

1

2

16

Morris

21

4-7

3-4

11

0

0

11

Shamet

23

3-7

0-0

0

2

0

7

Frankamp

28

6-10

2-2

0

4

0

18

Willis

12

3-4

0-0

2

0

2

6

Kelly

18

1-1

2-2

3

1

3

5

Nurger

14

1-2

0-0

0

0

3

2

Smith

14

0-2

1-2

2

1

3

1

Reaves

7

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

0

Keyser

6

2-2

2-2

1

0

0

6

Hamilton

4

1-1

0-0

1

0

1

2

Simon

4

1-1

0-0

1

1

0

2

Barney

2

0-1

0-0

0

0

1

0

Malone

2

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

Bush

3

0-0

0-0

0

0

1

0

Totals

200

30-53

18-22

37

17

17

86

Percentages: FG .566, FT .818. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Frankamp 4-6, Kelly 1-1, McDuffie 1-3, Brown 1-5, Shamet 1-5). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 11. Blocked Shots: 3 (Morris 2, Shamet). Turnovers: 11 (Kelly 3, Willis 2, Morris 2, McDuffie, Shamet, Nurger, Reaves). Steals: 10 (McDuffie 3, Frankamp 2, Morris 2, Bush, Willis, Brown). Technical Fouls: None.

Illinois St.

22

23

45

Wichita St.

35

51

86

A—10,506 (10,506).

New numbers game

Illinois State entered Saturday as the MVC’s top defense and one of the best in the nation, holding teams to 37.1 percent shooting and 61.6 points, both top 10 nationally.

Nobody else came close to denting the Redbirds as the Shockers did.

They set season highs for points (86), baskets (30) and shooting percentage (56.6) for Illinois State opponents. No other opponent shot better than 50 percent this season.

WSU’s offensive success — after shooting 34.9 percent in the first meeting — started with Conner Frankamp’s shooting and Shaq Morris’ scoring in the paint. The rest of the Shocker coalesced around them for a parade of good shots against Illinois State’s man and zone defenses.

“We didn’t do anything different,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “It’s just guys being more confident. Pass fakes. Getting into the gaps of the defense. We were getting layups, dunks. I thought our game plan was very good to attack the zone.

Surround sound

Marshall called a full — emphasis on full — timeout with 54 seconds to play and his team up by 44 points.

He happily let the roar of the crowd and the margin wash over the Redbirds for the duration of the timeout. The Shockers endured a similar situation in Redbird Arena in the Jan. 14 meeting, down 12 with 49 seconds to play when Illinois State called timeout.

Rivalries are built on such moments of gamesmanship.

Redbirds coach Dan Muller said he took no offense.

“If I take offense to something, I shouldn’t be down 40,” he said. “He can do whatever he wants. If you don’t want to get mad, don’t be down 40.”

Wichita State beat Illinois State by 41 to move into a first place tie in the MVC with the Redbirds.

Worth noting

Former Shocker P.J. Couisnard brought Houston Episcopal guard Jahari Long, class of 2020, on an unofficial visit. Couisnard, who played one season for Marshall, coaches AAU basketball in Houston, his hometown. … Marshall is sixth in voting in the second round of the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge with five percent of the vote. Purdue’s Matt Painter leads with 18 percent. Twenty-four coaches remain and voting continues until Feb. 12 at espn.com/infiniti. … WSU leads the series 42-40 and has won 11 of the past 15 meetings. The Redbirds, who had won three of the past four meetings, are 1-13 in Koch Arena. … WSU’s previous record margin against Illinois State was 20, a 70-50 win in 2004. Its largest Koch Arena margin was 19, a 66-47 win in 2014.

The Shockers beat league-leader Illinois State by 41 and Bob Lutz got his blood pressure up talking about the NCAA Tournament.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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