Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report (March 5)

Northern Iowa guard Wes Washpun throws up a shot after being fouled by Wichita State forward Shaquille Morris during the second half of their game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday.
Northern Iowa guard Wes Washpun throws up a shot after being fouled by Wichita State forward Shaquille Morris during the second half of their game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Saturday. The Wichita Eagle

Saturday’s box score

N. IOWA 57, WICHITA ST. 52

N. IOWA

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Koch

23

1-4

2-4

1-5

0

3

4

Jesperson

18

1-4

0-0

0-2

0

1

3

Bohannon

42

2-7

4-5

0-5

0

3

9

Washpun

42

7-16

4-5

0-3

2

2

20

Morgan

33

2-8

1-4

2-5

0

2

6

Carlson

31

3-7

2-2

0-9

1

3

9

Friedman

1

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Lohaus

35

3-6

0-0

0-1

1

2

6

Totals

225

19-52

13-20

5-37

4

16

57

Percentages: FG .365, FT .650. 3-Point Goals: 6-25, .240 (Washpun 2-7, Carlson 1-3, Jesperson 1-3, Morgan 1-4, Bohannon 1-6, Lohaus 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 2 (Koch, Washpun). Turnovers: 6 (Washpun 3, Koch 2, Lohaus). Steals: 3 (Bohannon 2, Carlson). Technical Fouls: None.

WSU

Min

FG-A

FT-A

Reb

A

PF

PT

Brown

19

0-6

2-3

3-8

0

2

2

Wessel

25

0-4

0-0

2-7

1

3

0

Morris

18

3-3

0-0

0-3

0

3

6

VanVleet

41

2-9

3-4

0-1

5

0

8

Baker

42

5-18

2-2

0-9

4

2

12

Kelly

14

0-1

0-0

1-3

0

3

0

Grady

22

7-12

0-1

2-6

0

5

14

Nurger

3

0-0

0-0

1-1

0

0

0

McDuffie

26

2-7

3-3

0-4

1

2

7

Frankamp

15

1-3

0-0

0-1

0

0

3

Totals

225

20-63

10-13

13-47

11

20

52

Percentages: FG .317, FT .769. 3-Point Goals: 2-24, .083 (Frankamp 1-2, VanVleet 1-4, Wessel 0-4, Brown 0-4, McDuffie 0-5, Baker 0-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 4 (Morris 2, Kelly, VanVleet). Turnovers: 6 (VanVleet 2, McDuffie 2, Brown, Baker). Steals: 4 (Brown 2, Grady, VanVleet). Technical Fouls: None.

N. Iowa

23

24

10

57

Wichita St.

29

18

5

52

A—NA. Officials—John Higgins, Gerry Pollard, Terry Oglesby.

VanVleet running on healthy legs

Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet made 3 of 15 shots in St. Louis and didn’t control games with his usual style.

The Shockers lost to Northern Iowa in the semifinals of the MVC tournament. It's the second time in a row they've lost to the Panthers and the second straight year they've been knocked out in the tournament semifinals.

Injury or illness was no factor, coach Gregg Marshall said. VanVleet missed four games in November with a strained left hamstring and continues heat treatment before the game.

“I think he’s been healthy for awhile,” Marshall said. “I’m not saying he’s 100 percent healthy; who is? By and large, I think he’s good to go.”

VanVleet entered the weekend averaging 10.4 points in eight previous tournament games, shooting 51.6 percent from the florr and 55 percent from three-point range. On Friday, he made 1 of 6 shots and scored 10 points, playing 20 minutes because of foul trouble. In Saturday’s loss, he made 2 of 9 shots and scored eight points.

Washpun in control

Northern Iowa put the game in the hands of its senior point guard in the second half. Wes Washpun made that decision pay off.

He scored 12 of his 20 points in the final 25 minutes, making 4 of 8 shots and handing out two assists. He used screens near the top of the key to get away from VanVleet as a defender and drive or shoot over less-capable defenders.

“They were switching … which helped us get some favorable matchups,” Washpun said. “Coach (Ben Jacobson) did a good job of figuring that out and putting us in a position where we had shooters all around me. I could get in there and spray it out to them, or get all the way to the rim and finish.”

The Shockers have seen Washpun do this before, often handling it with more success by guiding him away from the basket and forcing him to take contested jumpers. On Saturday, Washpun found driving lanes often.

“They keep doing those hand-offs and ball screens until they get the matchup they like,” Marshall said.

The Wichita Eagle's Paul Suellentrop and Bob Lutz discuss Wichita State's overtime loss to Northern Iowa in the MVC Tournament semifinals in St. Louis. (Tony Adame/The Wichita Eagle)

Worth noting

The Shockers fail to win the tournament as the No. 1 seed for fifth time in six attempts. They are 32-34 in the tournament, 9-5 as the top seed and 3-4 in semifinal games. WSU fell in the semifinal round in four of those six top-seeded appearances, including 2012 and 2015.… WSU is 1-3 against the Panthers in the tournament and 26-28 in the series. Northern Iowa went 2-1 against the Shockers this season, the first MVC team with an edge since Evansville (2-0) and Creighton (2-1) in 2013.… Baker grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and has 504 for his career. His four assists give him 334, 10th on WSU’s career chart.… The Panthers will play in the title game for the sixth time and second in a row. They have won five tournament games in a row.

Shockers react after losing to Northern Iowa, 57-52 in MVC Tournament semifinals (Tony Adame/The Wichita Eagle)

Paul Suellentrop

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