Wichita State 78, Southern Illinois 67
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[February 12, 2014]
WICHITA, Kan. — No. 2 Wichita State 78, Southern
Illinois 67: Ron Baker scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half and
the host Shockers remained undefeated after rebuffing the upset-minded
Cleanthony Early scored 18 points and was 11-for-12 from the free
throw line as Wichita State (13-0 Missouri Valley Conference) became
the first team to start 26-0 since Memphis in 2007-08. Tekele Cotton
and Darius Carter added 12 points apiece while Nick Wiggins
registered 10 for the Shockers.
Anthony Beane, the two-time reigning MVC Player of the Week,
recorded 25 points and four steals for Southern Illinois (10-16,
6-7), which had its four-game win streak snapped. Desmar Jackson
contributed 13 points and and a game-high seven rebounds before
fouling out with 2:55 left and the Salukis trailing by six.
Southern Illinois led by as many as five before settling for a 33-32
lead at the break after Wichita State played without star guard Fred
VanVleet for the final 7:44 and Baker the last 4:58 after picking up
their second fouls. Wichita State took the lead for good 33 seconds
later at 44-43 on Early's three-point play which sparked a 16-5 run.
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The Salukis trimmed the deficit to 64-61 on Jackson's bucket with
4:19 remaining before Wiggins answered with a 3-pointer 32 seconds
later. Baker scored five straight points on a 3-pointer and a pair
of free throws to stretch the Shockers' lead to 74-64 with 1:54 left
as Wichita State scored 14 of the game's final 20 points.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Shockers, who are one of two undefeated teams in
the country along with No. 1 Syracuse (23-0), have trailed nine
times at the half this season. ... Wichita State, which entered the
game ninth in the country in rebounding margin at plus-8.4, won the
battle of the boards 32-29. ... Baker, the Shockers' second-leading
scorer at 12.9 points per game, was 3-for-8 from 3-point range after
going 2-for-15 in his previous four contests.
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