Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shockers roll to 30-0

PEORIA, Ill. — Ron Baker scored 15 to lead four Wichita State players in double figures, and the second-ranked Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a 69-49 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night.

Wichita State is the 11th team to start 30-0, the previous 10 all reaching 30 during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin' Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.

The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 MVC) have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. The last team to finish a regular season unbeaten was St. Joseph's in 2003-04 at 27-0. The next season, Illinois got to 29-0 before losing its regular-season finale at Ohio State.

A barrage of 3-pointers early in the second half broke it open for Wichita State, which beat Bradley for the 10th straight time and second this season.

After Bradley trimmed a 10-point halftime deficit to eight, Shockers point guard Fred VanVleet made consecutive 3s for a 14-point lead. Cleanthony Early added a 3-pointer and Baker made two 3s off screens for a 50-32 lead with 12:50 left.

Wichita State made 11 of 21 3-pointers, with four players hitting two or more. Bradley made 4 of 14.

Tyshon Pickett had 13 points and 15 rebounds for Bradley, which never mounted much of a threat thanks to miserable shooting. The Braves were at 25 percent (11-for-44) through 30 minutes and finished 16-of-59 (27.1 percent).

NO. 6 DUKE 66, VA. TECH 48: Rodney Hood scored 21 and Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 for the host Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4 ACC), who took a 24-4 lead midway through the first half and never trailed.

NO. 14 WIS. 69, INDIANA 58: Sam Dekker scored 16 as the host Badgers (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) bounced back after falling behind 29-19 at halftime, their lowest-scoring first half this season.

MINNESOTA 95, NO. 20 IOWA 89: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 on 8-for-10 shooting, and the host Golden Gophers bounced back from a monthlong slump and handed the Hawkeyes (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten) their first two-game losing streak of the season.

NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 67, UTAH ST. 58: Cullen Neal scored nine of his 12 in a decisive 23-5 second-half run for the host Lobos (22-5, 13-3 Mountain West).


USF 91, MEMPHIS 68: Inga Orekhova had career bests of 33 points and seven assists and tied her career high with six 3-pointers, and Alisia Jenkins had career highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds as the host Bulls (16-11, 11-5 American Athletic) won their third straight game and fifth in their past six.

Orekhova went 10-for-13 from the field and Jenkins 9-for-11 for USF, which shot 60.7 percent overall and outscored the Tigers (11-17, 4-12) 46-26 in the paint. The Bulls are a half-game back of Rutgers for the third seed in the conference tournament, which would put them in the bracket opposite Connecticut.

"This is the time of the year that you want to be playing your best basketball," coach Jose Fernandez said.

NO. 1 UCONN 81, SMU 48: Bria Hartley scored 25, Breanna Stewart added 23 and the visiting Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American Athletic) won their 35th straight game, halfway to the second-longest streak in school history.

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