WICHITA, Kan. – No. 9 Wichita State knocked down 12 three-pointers and four players finished in double-figures to help the Shockers dispatch of Houston, 81-63, in the first-ever American Athletic Conference game in Charles Koch Arena.
Wichita State (12-2, 2-0) has won four straight games and is now 17-9 all-time vs. the Cougars.
Shaquille Morris scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half to go with six boards and Markis McDuffie collected his first double-digit scoring effort of the season with 11 points – all coming before halftime.
Wichita State finished the game 12-of-27 from three and 45 percent overall. Houston (12-3, 2-1) made only four three-pointers in 15 tries and shot 41 percent in total.
The American’s leading scorer, Rob Gray, was held to just 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting to lead three Houston players with 10 or more points. Corey Davis Jr. added 12 and Wes Vanbeck scored 11.
McDuffie canned back-to-back three-pointers to key a quick 7-0 spurt in helping Wichita State build an 18-8 lead to open the game. Austin Reaves added another triple and McDuffie swished a pair of free throws to make it 23-11 with 11 minutes left in the half.
Another 7-0 run opened up a 34-15 lead with 7:59 remaining. Shamet scored five points sandwiched around a Frankamp jumper to make up the run.
The Shockers were unconscious from beyond the arc, hitting three-pointers on four consecutive trips. Shamet, Frankamp and Morris all connected to help Wichita State build a 46-21 lead. The Shockers hit nine of its first 11 attempts from long range.
At the final media timeout of the half, Wichita State led by 20 with four players in double-figures. Wichita State led by as many as 25 in the first 20 minutes and took a 53-32 advantage into the locker room.
Wichita State torched the nets to the tune of 59 percent overall and a 63 percent (10-16) clip from downtown. Of WSU’s 19 made field goals, 14 of them were assisted. Houston shot 42 percent, but hit only 1-of-7 attempts from three.
Shamet and Frankamp led with 12 points apiece, while McDuffie and Morris scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Frankamp continued his hot-shooting to start the second half with an early triple, as Wichita State bumped its lead to 62-32. Zach Brown splashed the Shockers’ 12th three-pointer of the game just minutes later.
Sloppy play and a cold stretch hit both teams midway through the half, but WSU still held a 30-point lead with 7:30 to play. The Cougars went scoreless for more than four minutes.
Houston put together a 12-0 run to cut into the lead, 77-57, with only 3:52 remaining.
After the Shockers lit up the nets with 10 three-pointers in the first half, WSU went only 2-of-11 in the final 20 minutes.
Wichita State plays host to USF at 3 p.m. CT, Sunday afternoon on CBS Sports Network in the first-ever meeting between the programs.