Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report: WSU 66, Drake 58

Wednesday’s box score

No. 16 Wichita St. 66, Drake 58

WICHITA ST.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Kelly

21

1-1

2-2

1-5

0

2

5

Carter

25

1-8

2-3

2-7

0

3

4

VanVleet

25

2-6

2-2

0-2

3

4

7

Baker

37

8-15

5-8

0-6

4

1

23

Cotton

39

5-11

5-6

1-4

4

1

17

Brown

15

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

3

3

Wessel

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Henderson Jr

18

2-6

0-0

0-0

0

2

6

Holland

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Nurger

12

0-1

1-2

0-0

0

4

1

Wamukota

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Glass

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

20-49

17-23

6-29

11

20

66

Percentages: FG .408, FT .739. 3-Point Goals: 9-17, .529 (Cotton 2-3, Henderson Jr. 2-5, Baker 2-5, VanVleet 1-1, Brown 1-1, Kelly 1-1, Nurger 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 7 (Brown 2, Baker, Nurger, Kelly, Cotton, VanVleet). Turnovers: 5 (VanVleet 3, Nurger, Cotton). Steals: 3 (Baker, Henderson Jr., Brown). Technical Fouls: None.

DRAKE

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Rivers

19

0-1

0-0

0-2

1

1

0

Ricks Jr

36

4-16

1-2

0-3

2

3

11

Berkeley

27

2-4

3-4

1-3

0

4

7

Enevold Jensen

30

3-6

6-10

5-15

0

2

12

Timmer

26

1-9

4-4

1-3

2

2

7

Madison

14

1-1

2-4

0-0

3

2

4

Daniels

25

3-8

2-2

0-1

3

0

8

Arogundade

3

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

Caird

17

3-5

1-2

2-3

0

5

9

Kuenstling

3

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

17-51

19-28

12-38

11

20

58

Percentages: FG .333, FT .679. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Caird 2-3, Ricks Jr. 2-5, Timmer 1-5, Daniels 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 3 (Enevold Jensen 3). Turnovers: 7 (Timmer 3, Madison 2, Enevold Jensen, Daniels). Steals: 3 (Daniels 2, Berkeley). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita St.

29

37

66

Drake

25

33

58

A—4,170. Officials—Paul Janssen, Zelton Steed, Larry Spaulding.

On the road again

No coach or player wants to use travel-weary legs as an excuse. The fact is, most coaches dread the first post-Hawaii game because of the travel and time adjustments. Wichita State’s unfortunate travel adventures added to its degree of difficulty over the past two weeks.

So while the Shockers don’t want to hide behind the travel, several of them are battling colds or heavy legs. On Tuesday, WSU’s charter plane to Des Moines turned around after a few minutes in the air when the landing gear malfunctioned. The Shockers flew to Des Moines on Wednesday morning and skipped their usual pre-game practice.

“I’m tired,” junior guard Ron Baker said. “I felt it a lot worse Sunday, when we had our first practice. I felt really sluggish.”

In the post-game news conference, coach Gregg Marshall and senior Tekele Cotton both sniffled and coughed. When Marshall riffed on his health, Cotton nodded his head.

“I know a couple of them are under the weather,” Marshall said. “For me, being in 85-degree weather this time last week and being in minus-14-degree weather last night and today, that’s why I can’t breathe. I can’t hardly talk. I’ve got a cough. I’m sneezing. That’s no excuse. We’re going to play unless we’re bedridden.”

WSU’s trip to Hawaii also veered off course when mechanical problems delayed their commercial flight from Wichita on Dec. 18. They arrived in Hawaii 22 hours behind schedule, after splitting into three groups, to make the Dallas-Los Angeles-Honolulu connection.

Shaq stays home

WSU redshirt freshman Shaq Morris did not travel with the team to Drake. Morris, from Edmond, Okla., did not play in WSU’s loss to George Washington and played a season-low five minutes against Hawaii last week in the Diamond Head Classic.

“He wasn’t practicing well enough,” Marshall said. “Right now, he’s a distraction.”

Morris, a 6-foot-8 forward, averages 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11 games. He started against Newman on Nov. 23, taking the place of injured Tekele Cotton. He played a season-high 16 minutes against Memphis on Nov. 18.

Wessel off the bench

WSU junior Evan Wessel made a brief appearance at the end of the first half. Marshall wanted him to throw the inbound pass with three seconds to play before halftime.

Drake defended the play the first time and Wessel alertly called timeout. On the second try, he passed to Tekele Cotton, who missed a desperation shot.

“He’s a guy I trust to make that play,” Marshall said. “Somebody with less experience probably would have thrown it and it would have been intercepted.”

Wessel missed the previous three games with a sprained right ankle.

“He’s pretty close,” Marshall said. “He gave it a shot in warmups and he just didn’t feel like he was 100 percent.”

Worth noting

WSU’s game at Loyola will tip off at 4 p.m. on Jan. 11 on ESPNU.… The Shockers won their sixth straight game over Drake and extended their series lead to 99-47 and 37-34 in Des Moines. The series stands 12-all at the Knapp Center. Wednesday’s eight-point margin is the closest for WSU since an 82-77 victory at Koch Arena in 2007.… WSU opened the MVC schedule 1-0 for the fifth straight season and also won its MVC road opener for a fifth straight season. It is 31-6 in MVC road games since the 2010-11 season.

Paul Suellentrop

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