SHOCKERS BEAT INDIANA STATE
February 6, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
WICHITA STATE PRESS RELEASE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Cleanthony Early had 19 points and converted on a crucial three-point play in the last minute of the game to preserve a 65-58 win over Indiana State on Wednesday night in Terre Haute, Ind. Tekele Cotton had 14 points to help No. 2/4 Wichita State improve to 24-0 on the season and 11-0 in the MVC.
As a team, Wichita State shot 20-for-48 (41.7 percent) from the field and 6-for-14 (40 percent) from behind-the-arc, while Indiana State shot 18-for-56 (32.1 percent) from the field and 5-for-20 (25 percent) from three-point range.
Wichita State started the game by scoring the first seven points, and increased its lead to 11-3 after a transition layup by Ron Baker. Tekele Cotton got things started with a three-pointer, and Fred Van Vleet followed Cotton with a three-pointer of his own to help give Wichita State the early 7-0 lead. Cleanthony Early hit a mid-range jumper and Baker's layup gave the Shockers the start that they were looking for, up 11-3.
The Sycamores answered the early Shocker run with a 6-0 run of their own to get within 11-9, and got within 15-14 after a Jake Odum three-pointer. Nick Wiggins answered Odum's three-pointer with one of his own that gave Wichita State a four point edge at 18-14.
Baker gave the Shockers their biggest lead of the first half at 28-19 after connecting on his first three-pointer from the left wing. Both teams traded three-point buckets on their next possessions as Wichita State maintained its nine-point lead at 31-22 with 3:55 to play in the first half.
Indiana State's Mangisto Arop hit back-to-back jumpers and Odum finished with a layup in transition as the Sycamores found themselves down three, 31-28. But Wichita State's Darius Carter rejected Arop's would-be layup and followed his block up with a transition dunk to stop the Indiana State run for the time being.
Van Vleet gave Wichita State a 36-30 lead with his second three-pointer, but Arop drained a three-pointer and a long range two-pointer to get Indiana State within 36-35 at intermission.
Arop scored nine of the final 13 points of the first half for Indiana State.
To start the second half, Arop banked in a mid-range leaning jumper that gave Indiana State its first and only lead of the game at 37-36. Early scored the next five points and regained the lead for the Shockers at 41-37, and two layups by Cotton increased the Shocker lead to 45-37.
Early then expanded the Wichita State lead to 50-39 by making three free-throws after being fouled on a three point attempt.
Despite being down for the first time in the game at 37-36, Wichita State went on a 14-2 run in a span of seven minutes to stretch its lead to double digits for the first time in the game.
Indiana State would not go away though. A turnaround jumper by Khristian Smith, four made free throws from Dawson Cummings, and an Odum layup, brought the Sycamores all the way back, and were down 52-50 with nine minutes to play in regulation.
The Shockers got the lead back up to five at 58-53 behind two Baker assists that led to easy layups for Early and Cotton.
Early perhaps made the play of the game on the next possession. Early drove into the middle of the lane, drew contact while in the air, and converted on the and-1 opportunity to give Wichita State a 61-56 lead with one-minute to play in the game.
The Sycamores made things interesting in the last minute of regulation. After a missed free-throw by the Shockers, Indiana State drew a pair of fouls on Wichita State, and went 2-of-4 from the charity striple to get back within 61-58 with 43-seconds to play.
Chadrack Lufile made 4-of-6 free-throws within the last 40-seconds of the game and grabbed two defensive rebounds to give the Shockers their 24th win of the season.
Wichita State will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday to take on Northern Iowa at 8:00 p.m.