WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State tied a school record with 15 three-pointers and recorded its highest point total in 28 years during a 116-79 dismantling of Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena.
Six Shockers scored in double-figures, led by 16 points each from Landry Shamet and Daishon Smith. They were joined by Austin Reaves (15 points), Zach Brown (13), Conner Frankamp (11 points, five assists) and Darral Willis Jr. (11).
Smith (4-for-4), Shamet (4-for-5) and Reaves (4-for-5) did much the three-point damage, combining to hit 12-of-14 from long range.
WSU (4-0) knocked down 15-of-24 overall from deep. Smith buried treys on back-to-back trips to tie the record with 5:14 to go in the second half, but the Shockers came up empty on each of their last three attempts in a bid to claim the record outright.
The late swoon also cost WSU (35-of-53 overall from the field) a shot at the program’s field goal percentage mark. The Shockers were near 73 percent for the game after Smith’s baskets but missed six of their last nine attempts to fall to 66.0 percent and the No. 2 spot on the list.
For Eastern Shore (0-4), Ryan Andino led all scorers with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including an impressive 8-of-10 from three-point distance.
The Shockers led 62-37 at halftime and pushed their advantage out to as many as 45 late in the second half on the way to a 4-0 start.
WSU leaves Monday for the Bahamas and will begin play in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday against LSU. The 11 a.m. CT tip can be seen on ESPN2.
WSU’s 15 three-pointers…
*Tied the school record, set previously on Jan. 4, 2003 when WSU hit 15-of-30 in a 24-point rout of Northern Iowa.
*Came from six different players
*Included an 8-for-9 stretch during the first half
The Shockers’ 116 points was…
*Their largest scoring output since Feb. 1, 1988 when they defeated Bradley 116-92.
*Tied for the seventh-highest total in school history.
*The most scored by an MVC school against a Division I foe since Dec. 17, 1995 when Tulsa put up 141 on Tulsa.
*Their third 100-point game in 10 seasons under Gregg Marshall.
*Their first 100-point game against a Division I opponent since scoring 102 (also against Eastern Shore) in December of 2006.
The Shockers’ 37-point win…
*Was their third 30+ point win in four games this year (the other came by 27).
*Broke a school record for the most dominant four-game stretch in program history (+147 point margin), previously held by the 2011-12 Shockers, who went +145 in victories over Utah State (7), Chicago State (50), Newman (49) and Bradley (39).
WSU’s 64 bench points…
*Is a Marshall Era record, besting the 54 bench points that the Shockers scored earlier this year against South Carolina State.
*Is the second-highest total for an MVC team in the last five seasons (Loyola reached 69 against Indiana State last January).
*Put them over the 50-mark for the third time in four games this year.
*Pushed the reserves’ season average to 53.8 points per game.
The Shockers 66.0 percent performance from the field…
*Was 0.7% off the school record, set in a Dec. 17, 1987 win over Austin Peay (26/39, 66.7%).
*Edged out WSU’s only other meeting with Eastern Shore for second on the single-game list. On Dec. 17, 2006, the Shockers hit 39-of-50 against the Hawks to finish at 65.0 percent.
WSU’s 73.1 percent first-half field goal performance…
*Matched its best first-half effort in 10 seasons under Gregg Marshall.
*Was the Shockers’ best overall effort in any half since an 80 percent (20-of-25) effort at Davidson in February, 2012.
*Came despite a 1-for-4 start to the game.
*Included a 16 ½-minute stretch where WSU made 11-straight shots and 18-of-20.
*Was contagious. During a first-half media timeout, a lucky fan knocked down a half-court shot on the same goal to win a car.
*Resulted in 62 first-half points.