Ca­reer-high 32 points by McDuffie pow­ers Shock­ers past Prov­i­dence

The Kansas City Star - - College Basketball - BY TAY­LOR ELDRIDGE teldridge@wi­chi­taea­

A na­tional stage brought out the best in Markis McDuffie and the Shock­ers.

In the same week Wi­chita State lost its home­opener for the first time in more than two decades, McDuffie snapped out of his shoot­ing funk and scored a ca­reer-high 32 points to lead the Shock­ers to an 83-80 vic­tory over a Prov­i­dence team re­ceiv­ing votes in the top-25 poll.

With a na­tional au­di­ence watch­ing the Vet­er­ans Clas­sic game on Navy’s cam­pus in Annapolis, Md., no one was bet­ter than the se­nior from Pater­son, N.J. McDuffie made a ca­reer-high six three-point­ers and de­liv­ered clutch bas­kets through­out the sec­ond half to lift the Shock­ers to an im­por­tant vic­tory for a young team.

Af­ter a chilly sea­sonopen­ing shoot per­for­mance, the Shock­ers bounced back in a big way, shoot­ing 50 per­cent from the field and mak­ing 12 of 22 three-point­ers against Prov­i­dence.

WSU was also much bet­ter re­bound­ing, out­re­bound­ing Prov­i­dence by four (39-35).

Fel­low se­nior Sa­ma­jae Haynes-Jones was also ex­cel­lent, bal­anc­ing out his shoot­ing and pass­ing to de­liver 15 points and a ca­reer-high eight as­sists.

Fresh­man Mor­ris Udeze (10 points) also found suc­cess in his 20 min­utes off the bench man­ning the base­line for WSU and wait­ing for dump-off passes to dunk.

Al­pha Diallo led Prov­i­dence with 27 points and 10 re­bounds.


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