Shock­ers power past Prov­i­dence for win

The Wichita Eagle - - Front Page - BY TAY­LOR ELDRIDGE teldridge@wi­chi­taea­

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

In the same week that Wi­chita State lost its home opener 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 8380 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 sea­son-open­ing shoot­ing 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, out-re­bound­ing 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.

But the win didn’t come with­out ner­vous mo­ments.

Af­ter WSU took a 13-point lead, Prov­i­dence pressed its way back into the game. Prov­i­dence used a spurt where it hit back-to-back threes to cut the

Shock­ers’ lead to 76-72 with 3:16 re­main­ing. But WSU’s de­fense pro­duced four straight stops, as a McDuffie bucket and free throws by Ja­mar­ius Bur­ton helped seal the vic­tory.

WSU es­tab­lished a 6251 lead mid­way through the sec­ond half with an 11-2 run started by a four­point play by McDuffie. Fresh­man Erik Steven­son side-stepped a de­fender on his drive and fin­ger rolled in a layup, Udeze fin­ished strongly in­side and McDuffie capped off the run with an­other three-pointer.

The rough start to the game was a dis­tant mem­ory by the end. It was hard to re­mem­ber WSU ac­tu­ally fell be­hind by 10 in the game’s first five min­utes be­fore Haynes-Jones res­cued the Shock­ers with three three-point­ers in a span of two min­utes to cut the Prov­i­dence lead to 19-16.


Wi­chita State guard Dex­ter Den­nis, left, pro­tects the ball from Prov­i­dence guard Isa­iah Jack­son in the first half Fri­day. The Shock­ers beat the Fri­ars, 83-80.

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