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The Dagger

Cleanthony Early dunk helps Wichita State take halftime lead over No. 1 seed Louisville

The Dagger

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Wichita State and Louisville combined to abuse the rims with plenty of missed shots in the first half of their Final Four matchup Saturday, but the Shockers managed to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.

The highlight of the first half, aside from injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware cheering on his team, was Wichita State's Cleanthony Early throwing down a vicious dunk in transition with about 5 minutes remaining in the half.

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Three Louisville starters failed to score in the first half. Likewise Wichita State point guard Malcolm Armstead was shutout in the first half.

CBS television cameras were allowed in the Wichita State locker room where coach Gregg Marshall told his team before it headed back to the court for the second half, "The noose will get tighter. ...You're 20 minutes away from playing for the national championship."

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