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NCAA Game Summary - Missouri State at Wichita State



(Saturday, March 1st)

Final Score: (2) Wichita State 68, Missouri State 45

Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - The colors of perfection are black and yellow.

Cleanthony Early led all scorers with 19 points to help No. 2 Wichita State complete a perfect regular season with a convincing 68-45 win over Missouri State in front of a sellout crowd at Koch Arena.

The Shockers (31-0, 18-0 MVC) are just the third team since 1990-91 to enter their conference tournament undefeated. UNLV (1990-91) went on to win the National Championship and Saint Joseph's (2003-04) lost in the Elite Eight.

"I'm very proud of these guys, how they've handled this," said WSU head coach Gregg Marshall. "Every day they come to work. They work extremely hard. They're great young men. They're fun to be around. They deserve to be 31-0."

Only six of Wichita State's 31 wins were decided by single digits.

Early shot 5-of-7 from the floor, Ron Baker added 13 points on eight shots and Darius Carter went for 10 points and eight boards in a reserve role in the triumph. Fred VanVleet, named one of 10 Naismith Award semi-finalists earlier in the week, matched MSU's assist total by himself with seven.

Jarmar Gulley netted 15 points for Missouri State (19-11, 9-9), which led by 19 points and took Wichita State to overtime the last time the two teams met on Jan. 11. The Bears never led in this one.

The Shockers took care of business on both sides of the floor early on, dominating the first half by shooting 12-of-21 (57.1 percent), while limiting the Bears to just 8-of-27 (29.6 percent).

WSU hit seven straight field goals after Baker missed a triple to open the contest, and it was 18-6 before the second media timeout. Nick Wiggins' putback after the short break sparked a 9-2 run, which Baker capped with his layup at 7:26.

Early scored six in the final five minutes of the period and Wichita took a commanding 39-21 edge into the locker rooms.

Austin Ruder's steal and layup 2 1/2 minutes into the second half cut the deficit to 43-27, but that was as close as the Bears got the rest of the way. Tekele Cotton followed Ruder's bucket with a 3-pointer, Baker knocked down a trey moments later and the Shockers weren't tested down the stretch.

Wichita State will have a first round bye in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament next week in Saint Louis.

Game Notes

Wichita State improved to 34-30 all-time against Missouri State and has won seven in a row in the series ... The Shockers finish unbeaten at Koch Arena for the third time ... The Shockers won the rebounding margin 43-25. They outrebounded 26-of-31 opponents this season ... Missouri State was held without a fastbreak point.

03/01 17:01:03 ET

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Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
3rd
DUKE 35
ELON 6
 
3rd
UNC 21
LBRTY 15
 
6th
NOR 2
DUR 1
 
1st
ECU 0
NCCU 0
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
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CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
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PIT 3
CIN 2
3rd
BAL 0
MIN 0
 
3rd
TAM 3
BOS 0
 
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KAN 0
CLE 0
 
4th
CWS 0
DET 2
 
5th
ATL 0
MIA 2
 
5th
NYM 0
PHI 1
 
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TEX 0
 
1st
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COL 0
 
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CHC
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MIL
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OAK
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MICH 52
APPST 14
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NAVY 17
OSU 34
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UAB 48
TROY 10
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UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
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UMASS 7
BC 30
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NW 24
CAL 31
 
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NEB 55
FATL 7
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UMO 27
MARS 42
 
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ND 48
RICE 17
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MIZZ 38
SDST 18
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ALA 33
WVU 23
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AUB 38
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
 
3rd
UGA 24
CLEM 21
 
3rd
UNC 21
LBRTY 15
 
3rd
KSU 7
OHIO 14
 
2nd
OKLA 24
LATU 0
 
2nd
KST 21
SAUST 0
 
1st
USC 14
FRES 0
 
1st
MSST 7
SMISS 0
 
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FSU
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TEX 0
UNT 0
 
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NMU 0
UTEP 0
 
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SD
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WASH
3rd
DUKE 35
ELON 6
 
1st
ECU 0
NCCU 0
 
6th
NOR 2
DUR 1