Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report (Jan. 11)

Sunday’s box score

No. 15 Wichita St. 67, Loyola 53

WICHITA ST.

Min

FG

FT

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Wessel

30

4-7

0-0

1-2

0

2

9

Carter

27

3-5

2-3

2-8

3

2

8

VanVleet

35

5-5

3-4

1-6

10

2

14

Baker

37

5-13

4-5

0-4

1

0

15

Cotton

33

6-11

0-0

0-2

2

1

16

Kelly

6

0-1

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

Brown

8

1-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

2

Henderson Jr

7

0-1

0-0

1-3

0

0

0

Holland

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Wamukota

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Morris

15

1-1

1-2

1-2

1

3

3

Glass

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

199

25-46

10-14

6-28

17

11

67

Percentages: FG .543, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Cotton 4-6, VanVleet 1-1, Wessel 1-3, Baker 1-7, Brown 0-1, Henderson Jr. 0-1). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked Shots: 5 (Morris 2, Carter, Cotton, Baker). Turnovers: 6 (VanVleet 2, Carter 2, Morris, Baker). Steals: 6 (VanVleet 3, Baker, Cotton, Wessel). Technical Fouls: None.

LOYOLA

Min

FG

FT

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Turk

26

4-6

0-0

0-5

0

2

11

Crisman

7

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

White

20

0-1

0-0

0-2

1

0

0

Thomas

23

1-9

0-1

2-2

0

3

3

Doyle

28

3-8

2-3

0-1

3

2

8

Ingram

19

1-5

4-4

0-2

0

1

7

Peterson

29

5-10

0-0

0-3

4

0

13

Knuth

22

2-3

3-4

1-3

0

2

9

Rajala

5

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Richardson

16

0-1

0-0

0-1

1

2

0

James

5

1-2

0-0

1-1

0

0

2

Totals

200

17-46

9-12

9-28

9

12

53

Percentages: FG .370, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Peterson 3-3, Turk 3-5, Knuth 2-2, Thomas 1-2, Ingram 1-2, White 0-1, Richardson 0-1, Doyle 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots: 2 (Peterson, Doyle). Turnovers: 10 (Peterson 3, Richardson 2, White 2, Doyle 2, Turk). Steals: 5 (Peterson 2, Knuth, White, Doyle). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita St.

23

44

67

Loyola

28

25

53

A—4,058. Officials—Don Daily, Doug Sirmons, Kipp Kissinger.

On the defense

Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton dropped in four three-pointers in the second half, tying a career high, and scored 16 points. His defense, rarely overlooked, shouldn’t be after Sunday.

“Tekele was locked in,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.

He did most of the work limiting Loyola’s Milton Doyle to eight points on 3-of-8 shooting. The Shockers made it hard for him to get the ball and quickly closed down driving lanes when he dribbled. He produced one spurt, scoring five points late in the first half to spark a 10-0 run. In the second half, he took only three shots.

“It’s a big challenge,” Cotton said. “You just try to make him make the toughest shot possible. He’s going to score points, regardless.”

WSU held Loyola to 8-of-23 shooting in the second half, with five of those baskets from three-point range. WSU’s big men kept track of Loyola forward Christian Thomas on the perimeter. He scored three points, 10 below his average, on 1-of-9 shooting.

“They were really keying on (Thomas),” Loyola coach Porter Moser said. “The physical nature, with him, really hurt him. To beat a team like that, we’re going to need a lot of guys playing well.”

Ramblers make their run

Loyola closed the first half on a 10-0 run to take a 28-23 lead. WSU’s big men handled double-teams in the post early in the half with crisp passes. Darius Carter and Shaq Morris both made bad passes late in the half, leading to baskets for the Ramblers.

With those mistakes and a few missed layups, WSU ended the first half on a cold streak.

“That fueled their run,” Marshall said. “You’ve got to dribble out of it, if you can’t make the play. We missed way too many easy shots. Then, in the second half, we started making shots. You look a lot better.”

Doyle started Loyola’s rally with a three-point play. His spin move past two defenders tied the game 23-all. After a turnover by Carter, Earl Peterson’s corner three gave the Ramblers a 26-23 lead. After Morris tried to force a pass through the double-team, Peterson made a short jumper for a 28-23 lead.

“I thought our defense was pretty darn good in the first half,” Moser said. “Even their baskets were tough shots. I don’t think we made it as tough (in the second half).”

Worth noting

VanVleet tied his career high with 10 assists, matching last season’s output against Illinois State at home. He improved to 7-1 in his home state as a Shocker. In those games, he is 29 of 50 from the field (58 percent). After making his first 20 free throws in Illinois, he missed one Sunday. He also has 37 assists and 11 turnovers … Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman scouted Sunday’s game … WSU forward Zach Bush is out with a stress fracture in his right foot. Bush, a walk-on, played in three games this season … Loyola junior Montel James, who started 14 games, played five minutes after missing Wednesday’s win at Evansville with a sprained ankle … WSU leads the series 21-9 and has won five straight. The Shockers are 4-0 on Loyola’s campus. The teams met 11 times at Chicago Stadium.

-Paul Suellentrop

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