Bears Fall at No. 24 Wichita State, 73-58
Feb. 15, 2012
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WICHITA, Kan. -- No. 24 Wichita State (23-4, 14-2) knocked down 11 three-pointers and got a double-double from senior Garrett Stutz to turn back visiting Missouri State (16-12, 9-7), 73-58, here Wednesday in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Stutz scored 21 points on a 7-for-8 shooting night and had 10 rebounds to lift the Shockers to a fifth straight win and at least a share of the MVC regular-season title.
MSU got 17 points from Anthony Downing, 14 from Caleb Patterson and 10 by Kyle Weems.
The Bears allowed the Shockers just two offensive rebounds and committed just six turnovers themselves to keep things close for most of the contest. But, the Shockers went 11-for-19 (.579) from three-point range to elevate the sellout crowd of 10,506 at Koch Arena. The Shockers needed just 42 field goal attempts -- a season low for MSU opponents -- to fire at a 59.5 percent clip from the field, also a season best for Missouri State foes.
After the Bears went into halftime trailing just 34-32, the second half started with a series of runs. First, the Shockers reeled off seven unanswered points to begin the period , sparked by a Stutz dunk and a three-pointer by Toure Murry that extend WSU's two-point lead to 41-32 just over 90 seconds into the period.
The Bears responded with a 7-0 run of their own to climb back within 39-41 after a jumper by Patterson, a three by Weems, and a jumper by Isaiah Rhine over the next three-and-a-half minutes.
But WSU kept the pressure on and reeled off eight straight from there, taking less than two minutes to knock down a pair of threes and a layup to make it 49-39 with 12:45 to play.
WSU then began to pull away midway through the half after David Kyles knocked down a three and then responded moments later with a layup off a press-and-steal to make it a 56-42 contest at the 10:17 mark.
Weems gave the Bears a pulse with a trey of his own at the 10-minute mark, but the home club got three-happy again and knocked down two more bombs from the right wing to increase its advantage to 17 with just under seven minutes to go. WSU would later lead by 19, their biggest advantage of the night.
The Shockers kept full-court pressure for the remainder of the contest to squelch and potential Bears' comeback, and WSU handed the Bears a 15-point defeat, their third-worst of the season.
MSU finished 25-for-64 (.391) from the field and 7-for-15 (.467) from three. The Bears got to the free throw line just twice -- a season low -- and made one. The Bears were out-rebounded 30-28.
Wichita State was 25-for-42 (.595) from the field and 12-for-15 (.800) at the line with 12 turnovers.
In the first half, the teams played even at 7-7 for the first four minutes before the Shockers went on a 7-0 run to climb ahead 14-7 with 13:16 to go. WSU would extend that advantage to nine points four minutes later on a three-pointer by Stutz, his second of four on the night, that made it 22-13.
Tekele Cotton turned the Shockers' advantage to double figures for the first time with a free throw at the 5:04 mark that made it a 30-20 game.
Downing stopped the bleeding with a hook shot 39 seconds later for the Bears. He later started an 8-0 run by the visitors with 3:36 to go, knocking down a three-pointer from 25 feet, which preceded a Nathan Scheer trey and an Isaiah Rhine jumper over the next 90 seconds.
Stutz was called for carrying the ball at the 56-second mark, and the Bears took advantage of the momentum shift to tie the game up just before the break. Weems drew a double team on the left block and hit a wide open Michael Bizoukas for a reverse layup to tie the game 32-32 at the 37-second mark.
The Shockers capitalized of a late foul on the final possession of the half, and Kyles knocked down a pair of true charity shots with 6 ticks to go. The free throws put WSU on top 34-32 at the intermission.
MSU returns to JQH Arena on Saturday at 4 p.m. to take on Old Dominion (17-11) in the annual Sears BracketBusters event.