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Wichita State crushes ECU

Wichita State crushes ECU”

Allerik Freeman finished with 14 points for the short-handed Wolfpack (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew almost all of a 12-point lead with less than 90 seconds remaining but held on to claim their second home win over a Top 25 opponent in six nights after knocking off then-No. "I've never been part of a team that gave up 100 points".

The No. 5 Wichita State Shockers (13-2, 3-0 AAC) look to prolong their five-game winning streak against the East Carolina Pirates (7-8, 1-3 AAC) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

McDuffie had 12 points in 20 minutes against East Carolina, his third straight game with double figures in points. McDuffie, the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season, missed the first 11 games, but is rounding into form and contributing off the bench. Elijah Brown had 18 points and hit two free throws with 32 seconds left for Oregon.

Shaquille Morris and Markis McDuffie added 12 points apiece for the Shockers, who improved to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in their first season in the American Athletic Conference.

"He's just an all-around good player", Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said this week. "He's such a dynamic talent with the ability to shoot the ball, drive the ball, rebound it ..."

The Shockers trailed 14-9 at the 12:06-mark of the first half but outscored ECU 36-9 over the remainder of the half.

Rauno Nurger scored 14 points to lead Wichita State, which shook off a slow start. From there, it was all Wichita State, which responded with a 15-0 run to pull back ahead 24-14. By the time the Shockers added two more baskets to open the second half, Wichita State led 49-23 and soon had many fans streaming toward the exits. "And it's a learning experience for our guys".

Tulsa and Wichita State, who were rivals in the Missouri Valley Conference, have met in each of the past seven seasons.

Four players are averaging at least 16.1 points per game for Wichita State, they are: Landry Shamet (16.1), Morris (12.2), Conner Frankamp (11.8) and Darral Willis Jr.

East Carolina: The Pirates have been in a state of flux since coach Jeff Lebo stepped down six games into his eighth season.

For now, anyway, Marshall will allow only that his team is "playing pretty well".

"We didn't have any kind of fight or resolve with our team, and as a coaching staff we've got to figure this thing out", Haith added. "That's where they're really good, and that's where we've got to be able to learn to sustain our level of play for longer periods of time".

The Shockers shot 70 percent from the floor and scored 50 points in the paint.

Wichita State comes into the contest with records of 13-2 straight up (SU) and 6-7 against the spread (ATS).

Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rawle Alkins scored 11 points, nine in the second half, for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12), coming off a loss Saturday at Colorado. "It means we're very, very unselfish".

East Carolina: The Pirates host Houston on Sunday in the second game of a three-date home stand.



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