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SMU upsets #7 Shockers at Koch Arena

WICHITA, Kan. – Behind 33 points from Shake Milton, SMU snapped No. 7/4 Wichita State’s 27-game Charles Koch Arena winning streak, 83-78, Wednesday night.

SMU (13-6, 3-3 American) shot 63.8 percent from the field and connected on 11-of-22 attempts from three.

Wichita State (15-3, 5-1) lost at the Roundhouse for the first time since Feb. 13, 2016 against UNI and for just the second time in the last five seasons. Coming into the night, the Shockers had won 67 of their last 68 at the arena.

Landry Shamet recorded his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 assists. Shamet finished 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Shaquille Morris added 17, while Darral Willis Jr. and Conner Frankamp chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Milton connected on 11-of-14 shots for SMU, which snapped a three-game losing streak. He was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Jahmal McMurray added 16 points and Ethan Chargois chipped in 12.

NOTABLE:
*The Shockers (11-of-30 from three) hit double-digit three-pointers for the 11th time this season – two shy of the program’s single season mark, set last year.
*With a 3-of-8 night from three, Frankamp passed Paul Guffrovich for seventh-place on WSU’s career three-point list. Frankamp (146 career triples) needs just seven more to catch David Kyles for sixth-place.
*Frankamp extended his school-record streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 38.
*Frankamp tallied five assists but committed his first turnover since Dec. 22. The senior has just six turnovers in 16 games this year.

FIRST HALF:
Two three-pointers from Frankamp and a two-hand slam from Morris gave the Shockers an early 8-2 lead. SMU responded, though, with a 16-2 spurt behind seven points from Milton and five from Chargois to go up 18-10.

During the SMU run, Wichita State went more than six minutes without a field goal and started the game just 4-of-14. Another Morris dunk off an assist from Rashard Kelly finally snapped the cold spell with SMU leading 20-14 at the 8:00 minute mark.

Morris (8) and Frankamp (6) combined to score 14 of Wichita State’s first 16 points, while the rest of the team was 0-of-7 from the field.

Finally, back-to-back triples from Shamet cut the SMU lead to two, 24-22, but Milton would answer with one of his own to push the lead back to five. At the final media timeout of the half, the Mustangs led 27-25 after a Morris three-point play.

The two teams would trade baskets in the final two minutes before SMU went into the locker room with a 35-32 lead. Morris led the way with 11 points and Shamet added nine points and four assists. Milton had 12 for the Mustangs.

Wichita State shot 48 percent in the first half, but allowed SMU to hit nearly 60 percent of its attempts.

Morris’ third thunderous dunk introduced play for the second half, but again SMU silenced the crowd for the moment with consecutive three-pointers.

Trailing 48-42, Wichita State got a McDuffie jumper and a Frankamp triple to trim the deficit to just one, forcing an SMU timeout with 12:58 remaining.

In the blink of an eye SMU pushed the lead right back to nine with an 8-0 run courtesy of six Milton points and a Chargois layup. The Mustangs would extend their lead to as many as 12 with 6:45 left to play.

At the final media timeout, the Shockers faced a 10-point deficit with 3:35 to go.

Over the next minute and a half the two teams traded three-pointers with SMU holding onto a 76-68 lead.

Following a Darral Willis layup, a costly SMU turnover led to a corner trey for Shamet to cut the lead to four with 1:10 on the clock.

Two Milton free throws made it 81-76 with 30 seconds to go. The Shockers had a chance to cut it two after a basket plus the foul from Willis, but he couldn’t convert on the free throw. The Mustangs added two more free throws to clinch the win.

UP NEXT:
Winners of a nation-best 11-straight true road games, WSU will look to tie the school record for consecutive road victories when it travels to Houston (11 a.m. CT, ESPNU). The Shockers then play back-to-back home dates next week against UCF (Jan. 25, 8 p.m. CT, ESPN2) and Tulsa (Jan. 28, 5 p.m. CT, CBSSN).

 


 

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