WICHITA, Kan. — The smile on Wichita State's Joe Ragland as he answered questions from the media Sunday looked familiar.
It was the same one he flashed numerous times during the game against No. 18 UNLV, in which he made eight 3-pointers and had 31 points to lead the Shockers past the previously undefeated Runnin' Rebels 89-70.
"Once I made the first couple," Ragland said, smiling sheepishly, "I figured I would keep shooting whenever I was open."
That plan worked well for Wichita State, which led by 15 points at halftime and was never threatened after that.
Carl Hall scored 17 and Garrett Stutz 13 for Wichita State.
Chace Stanback had 16 points for UNLV (8-1), which handed then-No. 1 North Carolina its first loss of the season on Nov. 26. Mike Moser added 12 points and seven rebounds.
UNLV coach Dave Rice said his team's inability to make defensive stops was the key.
"The credit all goes to Wichita State," Rice said. "They got anything and everything they wanted. They executed really, really well."
Ragland, who entered the game with five 3-pointers this season, was 8-of-9 from beyond the arc, one off the school record for 3s in a game.
It was tied at 18 when a Ragland 3-pointer, the Shockers' fifth in the first 10 minutes, started a 9-0 run. UNLV went nearly eight minutes without a field goal.
"Our game plan was to keep them from penetrating the middle," Shockers guard Toure Murry said, "and then just play from there."
That allowed the Shockers to stretch the lead behind Ragland. He made three more 3-pointers in the half's final six minutes, hitting all five first-half 3-pointers he attempted. His 19 first-half points were as many as UNLV's top three scorers combined.
"Our guys were beating them (off the dribble), and they had to help," Ragland said. "That kept leaving me wide open."
NO. 7 BAYLOR 69, N'WESTERN 41: Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson scored 16 each for the visiting Bears (7-0), who cruised after an early run.
SAN DIEGO ST. 64, NO. 24 CAL 63: Chase Tapley had 25 points and hit two free throws with 8.6 seconds left as the host Aztecs beat the Golden Bears (6-2) for the second straight season.
FSU 64, CHARLOTTE 62: Alexa Deluzio had 14 points to lead five players in double figures for the host Seminoles (4-5), who rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to end a three-game skid.
NO. 1 BAYLOR 89, MINN. 60: Brittney Griner had 20 points and nine rebounds and Odyssey Sims added 15 points for the visiting Bears (8-0), who were never seriously threatened in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.
NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 76, CREIGHTON 48: Natalie Achonwa had a career-high 20 points to lead three players in double figures for the visiting Irish (7-1).
NO. 13 PURDUE 60, NO. 4 TEXAS A&M 51: Courtney Moses had 15 points and Brittany Rayburn 14 for the host Boilermakers (7-1), who rallied in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge to snap a 12-game winning streak by the defending national champion Aggies (6-1).
NO. 5 STANFORD 93, FRESNO ST. 59: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the host Cardinal (6-1), whose 67 rebounds were one shy of the program's single-game record.
NO. 6 MARYLAND 76, AMERICAN 42: Alyssa Thomas scored 15 of her 17 in the first half for the visiting Terrapins (9-0), who gave up a season low in points and continued their best start since the 2007-08 team opened 10-0.
NO. 7 DUKE 92, PITT 43: Chelsea Gray had the fourth triple double in school history with 14 points, a school-record 13 assists and 11 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (6-1).
NO. 8 TENN. 73, NO. 21 TEXAS 57: Shekinna Stricklen had 20 points for the host Vols (4-2), who turned a 49-38 rebounding advantage into 17 second-chance points against the Longhorns (5-2).
NO. 12 KENTUCKY 74, NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 54: A'dia Mathies had 20 points for the host Wildcats (8-0), who held the Cardinals (7-2) to one field goal over a 10-minute first-half stretch.
NO. 15 GEORGIA 75, GA. TECH 68: Jasmine Hassell had a career-high 24 points and the host Bulldogs (7-1) improved to 30-4 in the series, including 14-0 at Stegeman Coliseum.
NO. 17 OHIO ST. 69, NO. 18 OKLAHOMA 63: Tayler Hill had 20 points and Samantha Prahalis 19 in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge for the visiting Buckeyes (7-0), who made their first nine shots and handed the Sooners (3-2), their second straight loss.
NO. 20 G'TOWN 58, RIDER 51: Sugar Rodgers had 21 points as the host Hoyas (7-2) overcame a 37-25 second-half deficit to win their sixth straight game.
NO. 23 WIS.-G.B. 75, N. IOWA 67: Julie Wojta scored a career-high 26, 16 in the first half, as the host Phoenix (7-0) bounced back after falling behind 13-0.
NO. 24 DEL. 73, WILLIAM & MARY 57: Elena Delle Donne had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the host Blue Hens (6-0) in their Colonial Athletic Association opener.
NO. 25 VANDY 70, HIGH POINT 54: Christina Foggie had a career-high 26 points, her fourth straight 20-point game, for the host Commodores (9-0).