Shocker Madness helps tip off 2016-’17 season

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Roughly 3,500 fans got an inside look at the Wichita State men’s and women’s basketball teams, Thursday night at Shocker Madness at Koch Arena.

During introductions, the Shocker men’s team received championship rings in honor of its 2016 Missouri Valley Conference title.

Junior Conner Frankamp successfully defended his title in the three-point contest, holding off strong challenges from teammates Landry Shamet and Austin Reaves.

Frankamp’s 20 points placed him one ahead of Shamet’s preliminary round total (19) and three better than Reaves (16).

On the women’s side, Jyar Francis (10) out-shot teammates Tamara Lee (6), TaQuandra Mike (6) and Rangie Bessard (4).

In the final, Frankamp caught fire and defeated Francis 24-10.

In one of the top highlights of the night, CJ Keyser, Kaelen Malone, Eric Hamilton and Darral Willis Jr. participated in a slam-dunk contest.

The final round came down to Keyser and Hamilton. After a tie in the first round of the finals, Hamilton won for the second straight year by a score of 50-35, jumping over teammate Shaq Morris.

Adding to the festivities, the women’s basketball team competed in a scrimmage, with the black team winning by a score of 24-6.

Bessard led all scorers with eight points and also grabbed a game-high four rebounds to lead the black team.

Kayla Williams led the yellow team with four points, while Diamond Lockhart scored two.

To finish off the night, the men’s team scrimmaged 15 minutes for the first half and 12 minutes for the second half. The black team won 35-30.

Junior transfer, Darral Willis Jr. scored a game-high 12 points, while also grabbing a game-high six rebounds for the black team.

Markis McDuffie led the yellow team with 11 points and three rebounds.

The two sides combined to shoot 26-for-54 from the field (.481).

WSU fans’ next opportunity to see the men comes on Saturday, Nov. 5, against Augusta University. Tip time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Shocker women’s squad takes the court Nov. 2, hosting Newman University in an exhibition game, beginning at 7:05 p.m.