Wichita State Shockers

Shocker report: Wichita State 76, Missouri State 53

Wichita State's John Robert Simon, right, works to penetrate on Missouri State's Gavin Thurman in the second half at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO., Wednesday. (Jan 21, 2015)
Wichita State's John Robert Simon, right, works to penetrate on Missouri State's Gavin Thurman in the second half at the JQH Arena in Springfield, MO., Wednesday. (Jan 21, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

No. 14 Wichita St. 76, Missouri St. 53

WICHITA ST.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Carter

18

6-12

2-3

3-3

0

1

14

Wessel

16

1-5

0-0

2-4

0

1

3

VanVleet

32

5-8

4-4

1-4

7

3

15

Baker

32

5-12

0-0

2-4

2

1

15

Cotton

31

5-8

3-4

1-6

4

1

15

Kelly

16

2-2

2-3

1-3

0

0

7

Brown

10

0-1

0-0

1-1

0

2

0

Henderson Jr

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Holland

9

0-3

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

Simon

3

0-0

0-0

1-2

1

0

0

Walker

2

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Nurger

3

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Wamukota

9

0-1

0-0

2-3

0

2

0

Morris

10

0-2

0-0

1-4

0

3

0

Glass

5

2-3

2-2

0-1

0

1

7

Totals

200

26-58

13-16

17-40

14

18

76

Percentages: FG .448, FT .813. 3-Point Goals: 11-21, .524 (Baker 5-7, Cotton 2-3, Kelly 1-1, Glass 1-1, VanVleet 1-2, Wessel 1-4, Brown 0-1, Nurger 0-1, Holland 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (Wessel, Baker, Wamukota, Kelly, Carter). Turnovers: 8 (Cotton 2, Kelly 2, Morris 2, VanVleet). Steals: 4 (Carter, Kelly, Simon, Holland). Technical Fouls: None.

MISSOURI ST.

Min

FG-A

FT-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Boone

25

3-7

0-2

2-4

1

4

6

Kendrix

32

2-3

5-6

1-2

1

3

10

McCullough

19

4-7

0-0

1-2

1

3

8

Ruder

31

3-9

0-0

0-0

1

1

6

Williams

35

4-11

1-1

1-3

4

2

10

Gerring

20

2-7

0-0

2-6

1

3

4

Thurman

11

0-1

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Roundtree Jr

14

1-3

4-6

0-2

0

0

6

Kirk

13

1-2

1-4

0-1

1

1

3

Totals

200

20-50

11-19

9-24

10

17

53

Percentages: FG .400, FT .579. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Kendrix 1-2, Williams 1-3, Thurman 0-1, Ruder 0-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 7 (McCullough 2, Boone 2, Gerring 2, Kirk). Turnovers: 5 (Roundtree Jr. 2, Boone, Williams, Ruder). Steals: 4 (Thurman, Kendrix, Boone, Roundtree Jr.). Technical Fouls: None.

Wichita St.

39

37

76

Missouri St.

33

20

53

A—8,674. Officials—Don Daily, Bert Smith, Hal Lusk.

Plenty of balance

Wichita State’s three-point shooting covered up a lack of punch inside. Missouri State, often baffled by WSU’s pick and roll, prioritized stopping the Shocker big men, with some success. As a result, Ron Baker, Tekele Cotton and others got plenty of open shots.

WSU made 11 of 21 threes, its most since it went 11 for 27 against George Washington in Hawaii.

“Fred (VanVleet), Ron and Tekele make it hard to help the bigs off ball screens,” MSU guard Dorrian Williams said. “They’re so aggressive and they can knock down shots and they put everyone in a bind.”

While Darius Carter scored 14 points, WSU coach Gregg Marshall wasn’t thrilled with the output from his centers and forwards, especially in the first half.

“We weren’t great inside the arc,” Marshall said. “I told my post players we got beasted a few times.”

The Shockers made 26 of 58 shots, going 13 of 29 in each half.

Bears in a bind

The loss of leading scorer Marcus Marshall knocked MSU’s active roster down to nine players. Marshall left the team last week, two players are injured and a walk-on left the team in December.

With all that, Gregg Marshall liked what MSU coach Paul Lusk coaxed out of the Bears.

“I thought they were playing a little harder than us, in fact,” Gregg Marshall said of the first half. “They were winning the transition battle and they were winning the 50-50 balls, which doesn’t please me. We played much better in the second half.”

Up the charts

VanVleet, still just a junior, is running in select company near the top of the school’s assists list.

VanVleet’s seven assists (one turnover) brings his career total to 388, No. 6 on WSU’s chart. He passed Paul Guffrovich (383) and Aubrey Sherrod (384) on Wednesday. Next up is Dave Stallworth with 394 and Cal Bruton with 404.

WSU’s leader is Toure Murry with 430. VanVleet, averaging 5.6 assists, is on pace to pass that mark late in the regular season.

Worth noting

Baker and VanVleet are the Lute Olson Award mid-season watch list, an honor given to the national Player of the Year by collegeinsider.com. The winner will be announced April 3 in Indianapolis. Freshmen are not eligible for the award … WSU defeated the Bears for the ninth straight time, its longest streak in the series. WSU leads the series 36-30 and won for the fourth straight time in Springfield … MSU lost three straight home games for the first time since the 2008-09 season … WSU junior Tevin Glass scored seven points in five minutes, his high since scoring nine against Newman on Nov. 23

Paul Suellentrop

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