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January 19, 2014

No. 5 Wichita State beats Indiana State 68-48

Wichita, Kan. — Ron Baker scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and No. 5 Wichita State remained unbeaten with a 68-48 victory over Indiana State on Saturday.

Darius Carter and Chadrack Lufile both scored 10 points inside for the Shockers (19-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley), which extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season.

Dawon Cummings scored 19 points for Indiana State (14-4, 5-1). He was 7 of 14 from the field while the rest of the team was 9 of 37 (24.3 percent).

Wichita State managed to frustrate Indiana State in the first half of the matchup of conference leaders. The Sycamores entered the game leading the Missouri Valley at 76.7 points a game.

But Indiana State was just 8 of 24 from the field in the first half for 22 points. Led by VanVleet’s nine points, Wichita State led by nine at halftime.

In the second half, the Shockers flat-out befuddled Indiana State.

VanVleet was the key to the start in the second half, driving for a left-handed layup and another point-blank jumper while being fouled. The three-point play gave Wichita State 36-22 lead with 17:16 to play.

It did not get better for the Sycamores. They missed their first 10 shots of the half and committed six turnovers in the process.

Wichita State kept adding to its lead all the while. Cleanthony Early scored four straight points, and Carter converted a finger roll before making a running hook that made it 47-24 with 12:32 remaining.

Indiana State finally made a shot 15 seconds later — allowing the sold-out crowd to sit and stop clapping continuously — when Justin Gant followed a Sycamores miss with a layup.

Wichita State outrebounded Indiana State 44-30. The Shockers were 3 of 15 from the 3-point line but 21 of 41 inside it.

At 19-0, Wichita State tied the 1962-63 Cincinnati team for second-best start for a Missouri Valley team. Both trail Indiana State in 1978-79, which did not lose until the national championship game.

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