Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report (Jan. 13)

Wichita State’s Ron Baker dunks in the first half on Wednesday at Missouri State.
Wichita State’s Ron Baker dunks in the first half on Wednesday at Missouri State. The Wichita Eagle

Wednesday’s box score

WSU 78, MISSOURI ST. 62

WSU

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Brown

12

2-4

2-2

2-4

0

3

8

Morris

9

2-4

0-2

2-5

1

4

4

Wessel

9

1-2

0-0

1-1

0

3

3

VanVleet

30

2-9

0-1

0-3

8

2

4

Baker

28

6-16

1-1

0-4

7

2

14

Kelly

17

2-5

0-0

3-4

0

1

4

Bush

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Taylor II

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

Simon

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

Grady

13

0-2

2-5

1-4

0

3

2

Nurger

20

2-4

0-0

2-3

1

4

4

Hamilton

5

2-3

0-0

0-1

0

0

5

McDuffie

23

8-9

0-2

3-9

0

2

16

Frankamp

25

5-9

0-0

0-4

1

2

14

Totals

200

32-67

5-13

17-49

20

28

78

Percentages: FG .478, FT .385. 3-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (Frankamp 4-8, Brown 2-4, Hamilton 1-1, Wessel 1-2, Baker 1-7, McDuffie 0-1, Kelly 0-1, Nurger 0-1, VanVleet 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 3 (Nurger 3). Turnovers: 11 (VanVleet 3, Kelly 2, Grady 2, Brown, Taylor II, Baker, Simon). Steals: 9 (VanVleet 3, Frankamp, Nurger, Brown, Kelly, Baker, Morris). Technical Fouls: None.

MSU

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Church

28

3-5

3-8

2-6

1

3

9

Boone

26

1-8

8-11

3-4

3

0

10

Miller

39

5-10

4-4

0-2

0

1

17

Dixon

31

3-10

1-2

2-4

2

3

8

Kreklow

36

2-6

4-4

0-4

1

1

10

Thompson

7

0-0

0-2

0-1

0

1

0

Martin

14

0-1

0-2

0-1

0

4

0

Kendrix

17

1-6

6-8

0-2

1

1

8

McCullough

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

200

15-46

26-41

8-29

8

15

62

Percentages: FG .326, FT .634. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Miller 3-8, Kreklow 2-4, Dixon 1-2, Kendrix 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Thompson 2, Martin, Church). Turnovers: 10 (Miller 5, Kreklow 2, Church, Kendrix). Steals: 7 (Miller 2, Dixon 2, Martin, Kreklow, Church). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita St.

37

41

78

Missouri St.

36

26

62

A—7,684. Officials—Mike Stuart, Rick Hartzell, Brad Ferrie.

McDuffie moves around

Fouls forced WSU coach Gregg Marshall to play some unusual lineups.

Most prominently, freshman Markis McDuffie made a rare appearance at power forward in a small-ball group that included Rashard Kelly playing center.

The position wasn’t new to McDuffie, who practices it some at WSU and played it often in high school at Saint Anthony (N.J.)

“Especially in the zone, I knew how to find the open spots, get behind the defense,” he said. “Our big man was hurt, so I was one of the tallest people on the team (in high school).”

Gregg Marshall's team overcame a slow start in the first half to remain undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference with a win against Missouri State. (Travis Heying)

McDuffie looked the part by grabbing nine rebounds, three on the offensive glass. He scored a season-high 16 points without making a three-pointer. In five MVC games, he is averaging 9.8 points on 60-percent shooting.

“He’s finishing around the rim, real dynamic against the zone, making plays,” WSU guard Fred VanVleet said. “He did a little bit of everything tonight.”

Consider our feelings

Referees called 22 fouls in the first half, 13 on WSU.

One Missouri State fan wasn’t satisfied and yelled at official Rick Hartzell to stop blowing his whistle.

“You think we like it?” Hartzell replied. “Stop fouling.”

The Bears didn’t take full advantage of the fouls, missing six of their 20 free throws in the half. WSU made one of five.

Worth noting

Back pain forced Wichita State senior center Bush Wamukota to sit out Wednesday’s game. The back has bothered Wamukota since before the season, often causing him to miss practice. Wamukota, who played in 14 of WSU’s 15 games, averages 1.8 points.… Missouri State sophomore Chris Kendrix did play, scoring eight points in 17 minutes. He missed Saturday’s game at Loyola after suffering back spasms in warmups.… The Wooden Award mid-season watch list of 25 players did not include WSU’s Ron Baker or VanVleet. Both were members of the 50-man preseason watch list in November.… WSU managers Chad Gibney and Jeff Chapman got a shout-out from ESPN’s Jay Bilas on his Twitter feed. The Shocker managers defeated MSU managers 73-61 on Tuesday night at JQH Arena and Bilas credited Gibney with 38 points and Chapman with a triple-double.… WSU is 5-0 in the MVC for the third consecutive season.… VanVleet had eight assists and three turnovers to bring his career totals against MSU to 49 assists and 11 turnovers in nine games.

Paul Suellentrop and Jim Connell talk about Wichita State's 78–62 win over Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Paul Suellentrop

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