Despite having an 18-0 record going into the game against Indiana State, Wichita State did not have the out-right lead in the Missouri Valley Conference. After Saturday however, that is no longer the case.
The Shockers controlled the game early and played solid defense to win 68-48. The Sycamores offense was held in check and their 48 total points was 28.7 less than their league-leading season average of 76.7.
Wichita State’s top performer was once again the sophomore guard, Fred VanVleet. VanVleet went 5-10 from the field to total 15 points. He added to this stat with 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 3 steals.
At halftime the Shockers had a comfortable nine point lead but were not content and proceeded to put together a 16-4 run during the first eight minutes of the second half.
Senior forward Chadrack Lufile and sophomore guard Ron Baker also played a major role in the win for the No. 5 ranked Shockers. Lufile recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Baker scored 16 points combined with 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
Wichita State has 12 games remaining before the Missouri Valley tournament and will look to win the regular season conference championship for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. The Shockers took second place in conference last year after losing the season finale to the Creighton Bluejays who have since left the Missouri Valley to the Big East Conference.
The next matchup for the Shockers will be Wednesday, January 22, at Illinois State. A win against the Red Birds (10-7, 1-4 MVC) would give WSU a 20-0 record and they would be the first team in the nation to reach the 20-win mark this year.