[January 15, 2014]WICHITA, Kan. — Koch Arena is not
the place for Bradley to learn how to win on the road. Bradley coach
Geno Ford knows that all too well.
No. 5 Wichita State routed Bradley 72-50 on Tuesday to remain one
of the nation's three unbeaten teams. The Shockers (18-0, 5-0 MVC)
led by 17 points at halftime and started the second half with a 7-0
The scene had to look familiar to the Braves, who lost their fifth
straight game at WSU. They lost the previous four by 12, 20, 37 and
31 points. Bradley (6-12, 1-4) fell to 0-7 on the road this season.
"They had their way," Ford said. "That's as well-coached team a team
as we've played all year. They have high-major players and they have
elite, elite coaching and that's why they're undefeated."
WSU coach Gregg Marshall used the blowout to rest his starters. He
went to his deep reserves with around 13 minutes to play, although
the starters did return. Three of those starters played 40-plus
minutes on Saturday in an overtime win at Missouri State.
His bench, an inconsistent source of production, outscored Bradley's
"We got some guys some quality minutes tonight and we were able to
rest some starters," Marshall said. "We're trying to lengthen our
bench. We're trying to get more guys that can pull the wagon."
Guard Fred VanVleet led WSU with 22 points. Forward Darius Carter
came off the bench to score 11. Guard Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley
with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
VanVleet, who played 43 minutes against Missouri State, enjoyed
watching the reserves play well.
"It couldn't have come at a better time," he said. "We definitely
need it and it would be nice if they would be a little bit more
urgent about it."
WSU outscored Bradley 23-8 at the foul line and that is how it
pulled away in the second half. The Shockers went up 47-23 with four
free throws from forward Chadrack Lufile and VanVleet's three-point
Bradley shot 35.2 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers.
WSU made 23 of 29 fouls shots, outscoring Bradley by 15 points.
The Shockers outrebounded Bradley 41-31 and blocked seven shots.
Ford tried to prepare his team for WSU's athletic ability and size.
"Your normal physicalness is not good enough against these
guys," he said. "We tried to tell them. Then the game starts. As
the game wore on and we got tired and got in foul trouble, they
hit another level."
Freshman reserve Derail Green scored eight straight points, two
on 3-pointers, to help the Shockers pull away in the first half.
"Those two 3s he made in the first half were back-breakers,"
WSU made five of 11 3-pointers in the first half. The Shockers,
often going to a full-court press, forced eight Bradley
turnovers and scored nine points off those mistakes. They also
outscored Bradley 13-3 at the foul line.
Bradley responded to an 11-4 deficit with a 7-0 run to tie the
game. It took the Shockers some time to extricate themselves
from Bradley's muddy pace, but they did with a 14-3 run. Carter
started the burst with a short jumper and guard Nick Wiggins
followed with a dunk.
The pace slowed until guard Ron Baker made a 3-pointer for a
22-14 lead in the midst of a stretch of two turnovers and two
missed shots by Bradley.
VanVleet followed in his own miss, swished a 3 and made two free
throws to give WSU a 32-18 lead with 3:39 to play. Green's 8-0
run upped WSU's lead to 40-20.
The Braves shot 36 percent (9 of 25) from the field in the first
NOTES: WSU G Fred VanVleet tied a career high with his 22
points. ... The Shockers have won eight straight over Bradley,
their longest streak in the 134-game series. ... WSU is 5-0 in
the MVC for the first time since 1982-83.