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Shockers bring down Newman Jets 113-55

WICHITA – For 13 minutes, No. 7/8 Wichita State took Division II Newman University’s best shot. Over the next 13, the Shockers returned the favor in a 113-55 landslide at Charles Koch Arena.

A special benefit game between the two Wichita schools raised money for the American Red Cross for hurricane and other disaster relief efforts.

Newman buried four straight three-point attempts to pull within 32-26 with 6:37 to go in the first half, but WSU spanned halftime with a 44-7 run to take control.

The Shockers hit their last 10 shots heading into the break and hounded the visiting Jets into a 10-straight misses to begin the second period.

A 29-point halftime lead grew to 50 by the 9:45-mark and to as many as 58 in the waning minutes, as the Shockers looked very much the part of a top-10 team.

WSU finished at 56.3 percent from the field, finished +11 in turnovers and +19 on the boards. Two days removed from a 13-turnover performance in the second half against Henderson, they logged just seven total while dishing out 24 assists.

Exhibition statistics do not count, but WSU reserved combined for 70 points – six more than the school record, set last year against Maryland Eastern Shore.

Five Shockers finished in double-digits. Rauno Nurger scored 14 of his game-high 16 points after halftime, while Darral Willis Jr. posted all 13 of his points in the opening period.

Samajae Haynes-Jones (12 points, four assists, three steals), Rashard Kelly (nine points, 11 rebounds, six assists) and Zach Brown (10 points, 11 rebounds) all turned in versatile performances.

Austin Reaves (10 points on 4-of-5 shooting) rounded out the double-figure scorers.

Landry Shamet (3-for-3, eight points) played 12 minutes in his first action since returning from an off-season foot injury.

Fifteen Shockers saw action and 14 scored.

The Shockers used a 14-1 run and stifling defense to get out to an 18-8 lead near the midway point of the first half. After Newman led 5-1, the Jets went without a field goal for the next six-plus minutes.

Despite opening a double-digit lead, Wichita State converted on only seven of its first 18 attempts.

At the 8:00 mark of the half, 10 of the 11 Shockers had scored and no player had more than six points, as Wichita State led 31-18. Newman then found its shooting stroke to cut the 13-point lead to just six, 32-26, with just over six minutes left until halftime.

An alley-oop from Shamet to Shaquille Morris put some life into the crowd, and then Shamet followed with a triple on the next trip down to make it 43-28 with 3:32 remaining, forcing a Newman timeout. Asbjørn Midtgaardadded a basket inside to cap an 11-0 run.

Kelly threw down a two-hand slam off a turnover to put the Shockers at the 50-point mark. The dunk was part of a streak of 10-consecutive made field goals for WSU leading into the break.

The Shockers led 61-32 at halftime behind 13 points from Willis and 10 from Haynes-Jones, who also added three steals.

After starting the game cold from the field, WSU finished at 59 percent compared to just 36 percent for Newman. Ben Ayre and Dametrius Walker led the Jets with 11 points apiece.

To open the second half WSU outscored the Jets 15-1 in the first five-plus minutes, while Newman went 0-for-10 from the field. The Jets finally got a shot to fall snapping the drought, but Wichita State had built its lead to as many as 43, 78-35.

Nurger went on a personal scoring outburst to push Wichita State’s lead to 90-38 with 9:18 to go. Kaelen Malone‘s drive and score pushed the Shockers to the century mark at the 6:21 mark.

WSU emptied the bench with three minutes remaining to put the finishing touches on the exhibition.

Up Next:

No. 7/8 Wichita State officially opens the 2017-18 campaign Friday, Nov. 10 vs. UMKC. The 7 p.m tip will air on COX YurView (HD 2022).

 


 

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