Shockers run away with 67-47 win over injury-riddled LSU
WICHITA, Kan. (AP)—Ramon Clemente had 11 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night as Wichita State beat Louisiana State 67-47 at Koch Arena.
The Shockers (6-4) held LSU to its worst shooting half of the season in the first half, then held the Tigers to two points in a key eight-minute span of the second half.
Wichita State’s Phil Thomasson led all scorers with 15 points.
Marcus Thornton had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (6-4), whose previous three losses came by a combined 10 points.
The Shockers scored the first seven points of the second half, capping an 11-0 run to lead 34-20 and take control of the game. Less than three minutes later, Wichita State’s Gal Mekel hit a 3-pointer—the Shockers first after missing their first 13 attempts—to push the lead to 42-24 with 14:16 remaining.
That advantage climbed to as many as 27 as LSU, down to eight healthy scholarship players due to injuries, wilted. Despite being the shorter team, Wichita State outrebounded LSU 50-31.
Shockers coach Gregg Marshall recorded his 200th career victory, most of those coming at Winthrop.
Coming off close losses to Texas-Arlington and Missouri-Kansas City, the Shockers fired up the sell-out crowd early with a full-court press that created turnovers and scoring opportunities. Wichita State broke to a 12-6 lead behind four points each from Thomasson, Matt Braeuer and Ramon Clemente.
The Tigers came back to lead 15-14 on a jump shot by Terry Martin, who had 11 points in the first nine minutes. He did not score again.
But the Shockers held LSU to five points in last 11 minutes of the first half and did not trail again. That stretch included two empathic slam dunks from Wichita State’s P.J. Couisnard.
WSU led 27-20 at the half.