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Shockers overcome their slow start

WICHITA, Kan. — Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 18 and No. 16 Wichita State pulled away in the second half to beat William & Mary 79-62 Thursday.

The Shockers (3-0), who reached the Final Four last season, have won 20 consecutive nonconference home games by an average of 22 points. But after routing Emporia State and Western Kentucky, the Shockers ran into some adversity, trailing 13-3 early and 39-38 at halftime.

"They … got the first punch on us, which doesn't happen very often," VanVleet said. "But we started doing some things better toward the end of the first half."

The Shockers got going late in the half. Cleanthony Early, one of the breakout stars of last season's NCAA Tournament run, led the way. He scored all 14 of his points in the final five minutes of the half capped by a long 3-pointer that got Wichita State within 39-38.

Wichita State took its first lead on Kadeem Coleby's dunk to start the second half and pushed the lead to 53-43 on a 3-pointer by VanVleet.

"Games like this will teach you a lot about your team," William & Mary coach Tony Shaver said. "I told the guys, 'Feel this, sense this, do this every day, and you can be good.' "

No. 13 Memphis 95, Austin Peay 69: Joe Jackson had 16 points and seven assists as six players scored in double figures for the host Tigers. Memphis (1-0) scored 27 points off of 22 Governors turnovers.

No. 19 UConn 101, Detroit 55: Omar Calhoun led six players in double figures for the host Huskies with 17 points. Connecticut (3-0) used a 21-2 run to take a 48-26 halftime lead.

Michigan: A high school standout who survived two plane crashes signed a letter of intent. In 2003, Austin Hatch, an Indiana native now living in Los Angeles, was in a plane crash that killed his mother. He orally committed to Michigan shortly before a 2011 crash that killed his father and stepmother. The 6-foot-7 Chatman is ranked 29th in the nation by rivals.com.

North Carolina: Guards P.J. Hairston, the team's leading scorer last season, and Leslie McDonald will miss their second straight game tonight against Holy Cross due to NCAA eligibility concerns. The school declined to disclose specifics, saying only it and the NCAA "are still working together" in an ongoing process.

Women: Louisville rolls in Top 25 matchup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Asia Taylor scored 23 and No. 5 Louisville used a 21-0 second-half run to pull away and beat No. 14 LSU 88-67 in the semifinals of the preseason WNIT. The Cardinals (2-1) travel to No. 11 Oklahoma for Sunday's final.

Taylor, a forward who missed all of last season with a hip injury, scored six during the run that made it 81-54. The Tigers (2-1) made just 10 of 32 second-half shots.

No. 2 Duke 123, S.C.-Upstate 40: Haley Peters had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (2-0). They fell five points shy of a school record.

No. 4 Tenn. 80, Chattanooga 56: Ariel Massengale scored 16 for the host Vols. Tied at 32, Tennessee (3-0) opened the second half with a 16-4 run.

No. 9 Baylor 111, Nicholls St. 58: Freshman Nina Davis had 28 points and 11 rebounds in her first start for the host Bears (2-0).

No. 11 Oklahoma 82, No. 25 Gonzaga 78: Aaryn Ellenberg's jumper with 1:56 left gave the host Sooners (3-0) the lead for good in the WNIT semifinal. Ellenberg, who played all 40 minutes, scored 21. Haiden Palmer had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (2-1).

No. 19 Mich. St. 102, CANISIUS 54: Freshmen Aerial Powers (19 points), Tori Jankoska (17) and Branndais Agee (14) points led the host Spartans (1-1).

No. 21 S.C. 81, Charleston 54: Asia Dozier made 4-of-6 3-pointers and scored 16 for the host Gamecocks (3-0).

No. 24 Georgia 72, Mercer 41: Shacobia Barbee had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the host Bulldogs (2-0).

Va. Tech 71, Florida 59: The host Hokies went on a 24-5 run to close the first half and held on from there. Down 39-15 at halftime, the Gators (2-1) cut it to 53-49 on Cassie Peoples' pullup jumper in the paint with 6:51 left. But Virginia Tech responded with an 11-3 run to seal it. Jaterra Bonds scored a team-high 21 for Florida.

Saint Leo Classic: Teresa Manigrasso scored 20 as the host Lions beat St. Augustine's 77-67 in the semifinals. Saint Leo (3-0) held on after an 18-point halftime lead was trimmed to four. It faces Eckerd at 2 today. Liga Vente had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Tritons (1-0) led 22-2 on their way to beating Webber 89-35.

Shockers overcome their slow start 11/14/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:08am]
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