Wichita State Stays Perfect, Eliminates Bears

Published 03/08 2014 08:09PM

Updated 03/08 2014 10:00PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo--The Missouri State Bears faced a monumental task Saturday in the semifinals of the Valley Tournament.

Try to stop second ranked and perfect wichita state shockers.

KOLR 10's Megan Rice is in St. Louis and has our story.

Megan Rice/KOLR 10 Sports:"Thanks Dan.  Missouri State taking on the number two Shockers where they look to play like they did in January and took Wichita State into overtime and only lost by three points."

Missouri State meeting for the third time this season.

Bears Jarmar Gulley drawing first blood putting MSU up 3-0 on that three pointer.

Then the Shockers coming right back, Cleanthony Early and one makes it 6-3 Wichita State.

Then Early comes a flying in with the tip-in dunk to make it 10-7 WSU.

The Bears staying close, Dorrian Williams with the drive and the score 13-12 Wichita State.

But after that, Keith Pickens would leave with a groin injury and would not return.

Then Gulley would get hurt on this loose ball while Early continues to play on and hits the three.

That makes it 25-12 Wichita State.

Gulley would hurt his jaw and not return until late in the second half.

The Shockers kept making it rain threes, Tekel Cotton makes it 5 straight threes on a 15-nothing run.

Wichita State went 8 for 10 from three in the first half.

But before the half would end, Austin Ruder gets a buzzer beater to make it 33-19 at the half.

In the second half, the Bears Christian Kirk gets the layin to make it 37-23.

Then things got a little out of hand.

If the first half was a three point contest then the second was a dunk contest.

The Shockers Early off the opp, 44-23.

The Shockers cruise 67-42.   

"You're hanging with them, hanging with them, hanging with them.  Then all of a sudden it could be a two minute stretch and they rattle off three's like that," said MSU coach Paul Lusk.   

"Two of our best guys, when you see them go down, two of our toughest guys,  it's tough," said MSU forward Christian Kirk.  "But we still tried to stay together.  And at the beginning of the second half we tried to cut it down a little bit."

Wichita State improves to 33-0 while the Bears fall to 20-12.  In St. Louis Megan Rice KOLR 10 Sports."

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