Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report: George Washington 60, WSU 54

George Washington forward Yuta Watanabe shoots a layup while being defended by Wichita State forward Darius Carter on Thursday.
George Washington forward Yuta Watanabe shoots a layup while being defended by Wichita State forward Darius Carter on Thursday. Associated Press

Thursday’s box score

George Washington 60,

No. 11 Wichita St. 54

G. WASHINGTON

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Savage

28

5-11

2-4

0-3

3

3

12

Garino

29

1-5

0-0

1-3

0

2

3

Larsen

38

4-5

1-2

1-5

4

0

10

McDonald

35

4-10

0-0

0-3

5

2

9

Kopriva

24

3-4

0-0

0-3

0

0

7

Jorgensen

9

1-2

0-0

0-1

0

1

3

Griffin

13

2-3

0-0

0-2

0

0

6

Watanabe

23

4-7

0-0

0-4

0

0

10

Bryant

1

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Totals

200

24-47

3-6

5-31

12

8

60

Percentages: FG .511, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Griffin 2-2, Watanabe 2-4, Kopriva 1-1, Larsen 1-1, Garino 1-1, Jorgensen 1-1, McDonald 1-4, Savage 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 5 (Garino 3, Larsen 2). Turnovers: 15 (McDonald 5, Garino 4, Larsen 2, Watanabe, Kopriva, Jorgensen). Steals: 6 (Savage 3, Watanabe, Jorgensen, Larsen). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Kelly

24

0-3

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Carter

37

3-10

0-0

2-9

1

2

7

VanVleet

35

4-15

0-0

3-7

5

1

11

Baker

38

4-12

0-0

2-7

2

2

9

Cotton

25

3-8

0-0

0-1

5

3

6

Brown

11

2-2

1-2

1-1

1

0

7

Henderson Jr

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Holland

8

3-5

0-0

1-1

0

2

9

Nurger

16

2-4

0-0

1-1

0

1

5

Wamukota

3

0-2

0-0

1-2

0

0

0

Totals

200

21-61

1-2

12-31

14

11

54

Percentages: FG .344, FT .500. 3-Point Goals: 11-27, .407 (Holland 3-5, VanVleet 3-7, Brown 2-2, Carter 1-1, Nurger 1-3, Baker 1-6, Cotton 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Baker, Nurger, Kelly, Carter). Turnovers: 11 (Carter 4, Baker 2, Brown 2, Nurger, Cotton). Steals: 7 (Cotton 3, Brown, Carter, Baker, VanVleet). Technical Fouls: None.

George Washington

28

32

60

Wichita St.

28

26

54

A—5,125. Officials—Don Daily, Larry Spaulding, Keith Kimble.

Shockers start fast

Things were going so well for the Shockers in the first half, following a familiar pattern of defense, turnovers and layups.

WSU’s defense controlled the early part of the game. The Shockers forced six turnovers in the first 7 minutes, half of George Washington’s usual average, to build a 12-7 lead. Fred VanVleet made two three-pointers to get the offense started.

Ron Baker followed in his own miss for a 14-9 lead, then Tekele Cotton grabbed his third steal and turned that into a dunk for a 16-9 lead with 11:25 remaining in the first half. Cotton picked up his second foul 20 seconds later and the game changed when he went to the bench.

“It definitely affected the way we were able to pressure and deny in our half-court man-to-man,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “He’s probably our best at that.”

With Cotton no longer causing havoc in the passing lanes, the Colonials regrouped and tied the game 17-all.

Cotton scored six points, all in the first half.

“Despite some awful turnovers, 10 in the first half, we were able to win,” George Washington coach Mike Lonergan said.

The past is past

Lonergan stressed his respect for Wichita State several times. He also wanted his team to know these Shockers aren’t the 35-0 Shockers or the Final Four Shockers.

He told them Knicks draft pick Cleanthony Early wasn’t on the team. He told them the Shockers lost a significant chunk of their offense from last season.

“I said, ‘Look, this is not the team that went 35-0,’” Lonergan said. “It’s the program, and it’s a great program. But that team that went 35-0 and lost to Kentucky in a great game, 40 percent of that is gone. We’re here to win. We can’t be in awe.”

Worth noting

Baker and VanVleet represented WSU on the all-tournament team. George Washington’s Kevin Larsen, Hawaii’s Isaac Fleming and Colorado’s Askia Booker joined them … VanVleet went 3 for 7 from three-point range, his best shooting from behind the arc since he made 2 of 3 against Seton Hall … WSU’s spot in the title game guaranteed its highest finish in an eight-team tournament in five tries since the 2007-08 season. WSU went 1-2 in Paradise Jam in 2007 to finish seventh and 1-2 in the 2008 Old Spice Classic to finish fifth. In 2010, it went 2-1 in the Maui Invitational (2010), good for fifth. It finished fourth in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off with a 1-2 record in 2011 … George Washington won its first in-season tournament since 2004, when it defeated Maryland and Michigan State in the BB&T Classic.

Thursday’s games

Loyola Marymount 72, DePaul 69 — Evan Payne scored 24 points and Ayodeji Egbeyemi added 20 for the Lions (4-8), who ended a six-game losing streak. DePaul (6-7) lost its sixth straight game and went 0-3 in the tournament.

Nebraska 71, Ohio 58 — Terran Petteway scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskers (8-4), who outscored Ohio (4-6) 21-11 at the foul line. Shavon Shields also scored 22 for Nebraska, which finished fifth.

Hawaii 69, Colorado 66 — Isaac Fleming scored 18 points for the host team in the third-place game. Hawaii (10-4) made 9 of 18 three-pointers. Josh Scott led Colorado (7-5) with 23 points. After Hawaii took a three-point lead with 17 seconds to play, Colorado’s Xavier Johnson badly missed a three with eight seconds to play.

Paul Suellentrop

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