Wichita State 65, Indiana State 58
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[February 06, 2014]
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. —
No. 2 Wichita State 65, Indiana
State 58: Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, including a key three-point
play down the stretch as the visiting Shockers withstood one of their
toughest tests of the season to remain undefeated.
Tekele Cotton contributed 14 points while Chadrack Lufile chipped
in eight points and 10 boards for Wichita State (24-0, 11-0 Missouri
Valley Conference). The Shockers' starting backcourt of Ron Baker
and Fred VanVleet, who entered averaging a combined 25 points per
game, were limited to 14 total points on 5-of-13 from the field.
Indiana State (17-6, 8-3) has won 10 of its last 13 games, but two
of those losses have come against Wichita State. Manny Arop paced
the Sycamores with 16 points while Jake Odum and Khristian Smith had
The Shockers scored the game's first seven points and led by as many
as 28-19 before settling for a 36-35 edge at the break. Arop scored
13 first-half points on 6-of-8 shooting and added a jumper on the
Sycamores' first possession of the second half to give Indiana State
its only lead of the game.
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The Sycamores then went about six minutes without scoring and
ultimately trailed 50-39 before rallying to make things close in the
final minutes. Wichita State went nearly four minutes without a
point down the stretch before Early's three-point conversion turned
a 58-56 lead into a more manageable five-point edge, and Lufile made
four free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the win.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Wichita State was 6-of-7 from 3-point range in the
first half, including a pair of treys by Cotton and VanVleet. The
Shockers were 0-of-8 from 3-point range in the second half. ...
Indiana State shot just 6-of-30 in the second half, including
2-of-15 from behind the arc. ... Arop was limited to four points on
2-of-6 shooting in the first meeting between the teams — a 20-point
loss Jan. 18.
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