TERRE HAUTE, IN – Wichita State got off to a hot start and didn’t look back after an early run as the Shockers downed Indiana State, 84-58 in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,506 inside the Charles Koch Arena.
Indiana State fell to 7-13, 1-7 MVC while the Shockers improved to 17-4, 7-1 MVC. It was the Shockers tenth consecutive victory over the Sycamores, dating back to a 2013 victory for the Sycamores in Wichita.
Matt Van Scyoc led the way with 14 points while Everett Clemons tallied 12 points. Van Sycoc connected on a trio of 3-pointers in the game coming off the bench. The Shockers hit 44.4 percent of their shots in the first half while the Sycamores were limited to just 26.7 percent before the half.
Both teams began with a fierce commitment on the defensive end. Wichita State scored twice in the first four minutes of the game and the Sycamores were held scoreless until Everett Clemons drained a jumper at the 16:25 mark to get ISU within 4-2. Against the Shocker press, Matt Van Scyoc found TJ Bell open in transition for a lay-up to get within 11-4 with 14:21 on the clock. The Shockers countered with a 13-0 run to open up a 20-point advantage before Van Scyoc drained a jumper with nine minutes on the clock and after a Shocker score, Demonte Ojinnaka drained a 3-pointer with just over eight minutes remaining to get ISU within 26-9. Following a media timeout, Jordan Barnes got in on the act with a 3-pointer of his own as the Wichita State lead shrunk to 14 points.
The Shockers ran their lead out to 34-14 until Van Scyoc buried a 3-pointer with 4:12 left in the half to get within 34-17. Scott hit a free throw in the final minute as the Shockers took a 37-22 lead into the halftime lockerroom. Van Sycoc and Ojinnaka tallied five points each to lead the Sycamores in the opening stanza.
Niels Bunschoten opened the second half with a beautiful coast-to-coast lay-up against the Wichita State press to draw the Sycamores within 39-24. An early second half substitution led to TJ Bell scoring inside in the first two minutes as the Wichita State lead was whittled down to 16 points. Then after Shaquille Morris hit 1-of-2 free throws, Clemons went to the rim and laid it in as the WSU lead was trimmed to 43-28. The Shockers countered with nine in a row for the 52-28 lead. Van Scyoc was fouled on a 3-point attempt at the 13:39 mark and he hit all three of the ensuing charity tosses to trim the Shocker lead down to 52-31. Van Scyoc then drilled a 3-pointer with 12;14 remaining to get within 54-36.
Clemons went into double figures scoring at the 11:05 mark with an unreal driving lay-up where he lost control of the ball in mid-air, regained possession and through a blind, but controlled, shot up high off the backboard then went home and drew cheers even from the partisan Shocker crowd.
Wichita State was led by 24 points and eight rebounds from Shaquille Morris.
Indiana State continues its two-game road swing when they travel to league-leading Illinois State on Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. (ET).