Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report: No. 15 Wichita St. 63, Bradley 43

Ron Baker hits a three-pointer that ignites WSU’s second-half run against Bradley on Wednesday night.
Ron Baker hits a three-pointer that ignites WSU’s second-half run against Bradley on Wednesday night. The Wichita Eagle

Wednesday’s box score

No. 15 Wichita St. 63, Bradley 43

BRADLEY

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Bell

33

3-6

3-6

0-4

1

4

11

Barnes

33

3-8

2-2

0-6

3

1

10

Sutherland

36

5-14

0-3

1-2

2

1

10

Cunningham

30

2-9

0-2

1-6

0

0

4

Shaw

20

0-2

1-2

2-5

0

5

1

Thomas

16

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

3

2

Fields

1

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Kane

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Taylor

8

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

5

2

Grier

13

0-2

1-2

0-1

0

0

1

Wells

9

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

3

2

Totals

200

16-46

7-17

6-28

6

22

43

Percentages: FG .348, FT .412. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Bell 2-4, Barnes 2-5, Grier 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Sutherland 0-1, Cunningham 0-6). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 10 (Sutherland 4, Wells, Shaw, Bell, Taylor, Barnes, Grier). Steals: 4 (Barnes, Sutherland, Bell, Shaw). Technical Fouls: None.

WICHITA ST.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Wessel

15

1-1

0-0

1-1

0

2

2

Carter

26

5-7

9-14

1-7

0

1

19

VanVleet

23

2-6

3-3

0-4

9

3

7

Baker

32

3-11

3-4

0-1

4

4

12

Cotton

26

2-7

0-0

0-3

1

0

4

Kelly

11

1-2

0-0

2-5

0

1

2

Brown

16

1-1

0-0

3-4

0

0

2

Henderson Jr

20

1-7

0-0

0-2

0

2

3

Holland

3

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

Wamukota

5

1-1

0-0

1-2

0

0

2

Morris

20

5-8

0-1

3-7

1

1

10

Glass

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

200

22-51

15-22

12-41

15

15

63

Percentages: FG .431, FT .682. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Baker 3-8, Henderson Jr. 1-4, Cotton 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 7 (Cotton 2, Kelly 2, Morris, VanVleet, Carter). Turnovers: 9 (Morris 2, Baker 2, Wessel 2, Carter, Kelly, VanVleet). Steals: 5 (VanVleet 2, Morris, Cotton, Baker). Technical Fouls: None.

Bradley

28

15

43

Wichita St.

27

36

63

A—10,506. Officials—Keith Kimble, Brad Ferrie, James Durham.

Here it comes

Wichita State guard Ron Baker changed the tone of the game with his two three-pointers over the Bradley zone midway through the second half.

Foul trouble forced the Braves into the zone defense. Baker, using screens from Rashard Kelly and Darius Carter, dropped in threes from almost the same spot to turn a 32-31 deficit into a 37-32 lead.

“It always feels like it’s always him,” Bradley coach Geno Ford said. “You know you can’t leave him and he finds a way to get one off.”

Baker shoots that shot often, giving his teammates an edge in fighting for rebounding position.

“They were just rhythm shots for me,” he said. “Coming left off a ball-screen … it’s a comfortable shot. I can make it, or the whole team is going to the glass. My teammates know when I’m going to shoot and that’s a plus.”

Change in direction

Wichita State needed a blowout and Bradley provided the perfect opponent.

The Shockers defeated Bradley for the 10th straight time and the average margin victory is 22.5. The closest game was WSU’s 69-63 win in 2013 at Peoria. The Shockers held the Braves under 50 points for the sixth time in the streak.

Bradley lost for the sixth straight time at Koch Arena and for the 11th straight time to a nationally-ranked opponent.

WSU’s longest win streak over an MVC opponent is 11, vs. Drake from 1981-86.

Voting open for charity

Wichita State men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall is again one of the leaders in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

Marshall finished in the top four last season and presented a check for $15,000 to the Wichita Children’s Home. He is representing that charity again in 2015. Fans can vote for their favorite coach or charity at www.espn.com/infiniti. The contest starts with 48 coaches and runs for 10 weeks. The first round of voting ends Jan. 25.

Each coach earns at least $1,000 and the winning coach earns $100,000.

Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg is in first place, followed by Purdue’s Matt Painter, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and Marshall.

The Wichita Children’s Home offers emergency temporary housing for children in the Wichita area. For more information, visit www.wch.org.

Worth noting

WSU guard Fred VanVleet’s nine assist tie his season-high and trail his career-high by one.… WSU trailed at halftime for the second time this season. It trailed Alabama 25-24 and tied George Washington 28-all at half.… WSU center Rauno Nurger missed his second straight game due to illness.… WSU forward Darius Carter missed his first two free throws and then made seven straight before missing. He finished 9 of 14 from the line, both career highs.

Paul Suellentrop

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