Career-high 32 points by McDuffie powers Shockers past Providence
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.
WICHITA STATE 83 PROVIDENCE 80