Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report (Jan. 4)

Wichita State University's Rashard Kelly shoots against Illinois State in the first half on Sunday at Koch Arena. (Jan. 4, 2015)
Wichita State University's Rashard Kelly shoots against Illinois State in the first half on Sunday at Koch Arena. (Jan. 4, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Sunday’s box score

No. 16 Wichita St. 70, Illinois St. 62

ILLINOIS ST.

Min

FG

FT

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Lee

31

2-8

0-0

2-3

1

3

5

Knight

34

10-23

1-1

1-6

1

2

24

Hunter

30

0-4

4-4

1-1

3

1

4

McIntosh

35

2-10

5-8

3-7

0

3

9

Lynch

17

2-3

4-4

3-6

0

5

8

Jones

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

4

0

Wills

25

0-0

5-6

0-1

0

3

5

McCloud

5

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Ransom

19

3-3

1-1

1-3

0

3

7

Totals

200

19-52

20-24

14-32

5

24

62

Percentages: FG .365, FT .833. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Knight 3-5, Lee 1-4, McIntosh 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 5 (Lynch 3, Ransom, McIntosh). Turnovers: 13 (Lynch 4, McIntosh 3, Lee 2, Hunter, Ransom, Wills, Knight). Steals: 4 (Lee 2, Lynch, Wills). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.

Min

FG

FT

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Wessel

28

1-3

0-0

2-3

4

2

3

Carter

18

4-8

6-9

2-4

1

3

14

VanVleet

36

4-8

3-4

3-6

6

1

12

Baker

38

7-8

0-0

0-4

2

1

15

Cotton

38

4-8

3-4

0-3

1

4

12

Kelly

7

0-1

1-2

0-0

0

0

1

Brown

6

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Henderson Jr

5

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

1

3

Holland

3

0-1

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

Wamukota

11

0-0

1-3

0-2

0

1

1

Morris

10

2-4

5-7

0-0

0

2

9

Totals

200

23-44

19-29

7-27

14

17

70

Percentages: FG .523, FT .655. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Baker 1-1, VanVleet 1-1, Henderson Jr. 1-2, Wessel 1-3, Cotton 1-4, Brown 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 6 (Morris 3, Carter, Cotton, Baker). Turnovers: 9 (VanVleet 3, Baker 2, Morris, Holland, Wamukota, Carter). Steals: 6 (Wessel 3, VanVleet 2, Cotton). Technical Fouls: None.

Illinois St.

23

39

62

Wichita St.

29

41

70

A—10,506. Officials—Bert Smith, Hal Lusk, Terry Davis.

Good addition

Wichita State senior Tekele Cotton is good for highlight dunks against the Redbirds.

Last season, his dunk at Redbird Arena over John Jones made ESPN’s top list of highlights. On Sunday, he threw down a two-handed dunk of an inbound play that rivaled a last season’s effort. The dunk gave WSU a 57-52 lead.

“It looked NBA Jam (video game), where he is like way over the rim,” Darius Carter said. “It was crazy. That’s got to be top 10 (on ESPN). It has to be.”

WSU coach Gregg Marshall credited assistant Steve Forbes with adding the play on Saturday. Guard Ron Baker said coaches exploited Illinois State’s zone defense on the inbound play to open the lob from Fred VanVleet to Cotton.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a human get that high,” Baker said.

The play is so new Marshall hasn’t named it.

“You want to call it ‘Redbird?’” he said. “It was actually suggested by Coach Forbes, and he used to coach at Illinois State, so let’s call just it ‘Coach Forbes’ or ‘Redbird.” I think Tekele blew out a sneaker when he jumped to dunk that one.”

Back in Normal

Illinois State freshman Deontae Hawkins will wait to play in Koch Arena, a place once ticketed for his home court.

Hawkins is bothered by a stress reaction in his left foot and did not travel to Wichita. He played four minutes against Indiana State on Saturday after missing three previous games.

Hawkins, a forward from Dayton, Ohio, signed with WSU in 2011. Failure to meet NCAA academic requirements sent him to prep school in Iowa and he landed at Illinois State. He sat out last season, unable to practice, while he met NCAA requirements.

Hawkins started nine games and averaged 6.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. The Redbirds are also missing forward DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, out with a broken right hand. He has missed six games and averages 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Worth noting

WSU defeated Illinois State for the sixth straight time and the seventh straight at Koch Arena. The Shockers lead the series 39-37 … WSU freshman Rauno Nurger did not play. Marshall said he is not feeling well … WSU won its 23rd straight game against Missouri Valley Conference opponents and its 20th straight in the regular season. That regular-season streak is tied with Indiana State (1978-80) for eighth. Kansas won 34 straight regular-season games from 1922-24 to set the record. Among current members, Southern Illinois won 22 straight in 2003 and 2004 … WSU made 5 of 12 three-pointers (41.7 percent) to raise it season accuracy to 38 percent. It has made 40 percent or better in four of the past five games.

-Paul Suellentrop

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