Shockers overcome slow start to down William & Mary

Updated: November 14, 2013

Wichita, KS ( – Fred VanVleet netted 18 points on an
efficient 4-for-7 shooting and No. 16 Wichita State overcame a sluggish first
half to beat William & Mary, 79-62, at Charles Koch Arena.

The Shockers (3-0) trailed 39-38 at the break, but Ron Baker’s triple at the
16:53 mark of the second half put the reigning Final Four participants ahead
for good.

VanVleet added eight assists for Wichita State (3-0), which has won all three
games this season by at least 17 points.

Cleanthony Early tallied 14 points and nine rebounds and Baker netted 13

The Tribe (1-2) were led by Marcus Thornton, who dropped in 18 points in
the setback. Tim Rusthoven and Omar Prewitt contributed 13 and 11
points, respectively.

William & Mary jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the first media timeout after a
pair of layups by Kyle Gaillard and six points from Rusthoven.

Gaillard came out of the huddle with a 3-pointer to give the visitors a 10-
point advantage, but Wichita State quickly cut into its deficit and kept the
game close on a Baker trey and consecutive layups from Nick Wiggins that cut
the lead to 16-13.

Early’s 3-point play with 3:23 in the half pulled the Shockers back within
three at 31-28, but Prewitt drained back-to-back 3’s around a VanVleet jumper.

William & Mary had an answer for every WSU first-half run, though Early
scored the final five points of the period to get the Shockers back within

Baker’s triple early in the second period was followed by a pair of Kadeem
Coleby jumpers, the last giving Wichita State a 47-41 lead with 15 minutes
left. The Tribe’s Sean Sheldon stopped the surge temporarily with a layup, but
Chadrach Lufile’s steal and dunk in transition capped an 11-2 burst that put
WSU in front by double digits at 58-45.

William & Mary scored just one point over the final 4:20 of the contest.

Game Notes

Since Gregg Marshall became the Wichita State head coach in 2007, the Shockers
have outrebounded opponents in 169-of-212 games. WSU outrebounded the Tribe,
38-30 … The Shockers improved to 2-0 all-time against William & Mary …
Wichita State won the turnover margin, 14-8 … Coleby had 10 points.