▪ Key statistics: Wichita State made 15 of 24 three-pointers to render anything else about the game unimportant. Eastern Shore didn’t seem to mind, so the Shockers kept shooting.
Don’t overlook WSU’s 12 turnovers. In a game that offered plenty of temptation to get sloppy, the Shockers continue to handle the ball carefully.
▪ How the game turned: How else? A three-pointer by Shaq Morris, who is now 1 of 2 from three in his career.
His three in the first half gave the Shockers a 33-18 lead and then they made a bunch of free throws.
▪ Records: Eastern Shore 0-4, WSU 4-0
▪ Rotation watch: When Wichita State signed guard Daishon Smith a year ago, he admitted he needed to improve his shooting.
He made 26 percent of his three-pointers (20 of 77) as a freshman at Eastern Florida State. As a sophomore in 2015-16 at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College, he made 36.5 percent (61 of 167).
Smith’s earned the right to reconsider that question. He made 4 of 4 threes Sunday and each one looked perfect. For the season, he is 6 of 12 from behind the arc.
“Over the summer I did put in countless of hours, working on my jump shot, understanding that if I couldn’t shoot at this level, guys would back off me and I’d be a detriment to my team,” he said. “Understanding that shooting will be big at this level made me want to put in more work.”
The Shockers will face better — much better —defensive teams in coming weeks. Smith knows a hot start isn’t anything to celebrate. It is a good place to build a confident shooting stroke.
“I can’t tell you exactly how much better I am, because it’s just confidence,” he said. “It’s just thinking every shot will go in. Last week, I went (0 for 2 from three vs. Tulsa). I don’t want to say I’m all the way. I’ve still got to continue to work.”
▪ Somebody said this:
▪ Good: Guard Landry Shamet entered Sunday’s game shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 18.2 percent (2 of 11) from three. If there’s a player for whom a boost of feel-good might have been particularly helpful, it was Shamet.
He made 6 of 7 shots, 4 of 5 threes against the Hawks to score 16 points.
▪ Bad: According to the shot chart, WSU missed three layups. Make one of those and WSU’s shooting percentage rises from 66.0377 to a school-record 67.9.
WSU’s top shooting mark is 66.7, set in 1987 when it made 26 of 39 shots against Austin Peay.
▪ Numbers guy says: WSU, not surprisingly, leads the nation in bench minutes, according to kenpom.com, with reserves playing 50.2 percent of games. the Shockers are No. 18 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings with a 59.8 percent effective shooting percentage (which accounts for threes worth of one point more than twos). Last season’s team finished with a 48.9 percent effective shooting percentage.
▪ On and on: Forward Zach Brown, since going 2 for 6 in the opener, is 13 of 21 from the field. … Morris made his three and missed two two-pointers, his first misses this season. He entered the game 9 for 9 from the field. … Eastern Shore shot 49.1 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three, both highs by a WSU opponent this season. … No WSU opponent has record more assists than turnovers.
▪ Next up: vs. LSU (3-0), 11 a.m. Wednesday (ESPN2)
The Tigers own wins over Wofford (91-69), Southern Miss (78-61) and North Florida (78-70). They led North Florida 67-63 with 4:11 to play before pulling away again.
LSU is playing fast, shooting accurately, grabbing offensive rebounds and taking care of the ball. It does allow a lot of offensive rebounds — 16 by Wofford and 14 by North Florida.
Guard Antonio Blakeney averages 18.7 points and is 4 of 14 from three-point range. He is a sophomore who started 24 games last season and averaged 12.6 points. Junior transfer Duop Reath, a 6-foot-10 forward from Australia, averages 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.
LSU forward Craig Victor II will play against WSU after sitting out previous games for a violation of team rules. He averaged 11.5 point and 5.6 rebounds in 24 games last season.