Shockers leave Maui with 70-58 win over Virginia
The Shockers (3-1) fell into a 14-point hole in the game’s first 5 minutes, but shot their way out of it, nearly doubling Virginia’s point total (66-38) from the midpoint of the first half on. Wichita State was 8 for 16 from 3-point range and had 15 assists on 22 field goals.
“I’m just glad that my team was able to be resilient and come back from a dreadful start and pick up a much-needed win over a quality opponent,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.
Virginia (3-3) finished off its up-and-down tournament with an up-down-down final game. The Cavaliers were good early and in spurts, just not consistent enough to keep up with Wichita State.
Mike Scott had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Sherrill added 11 points for Virginia, which shot 9 of 28 in the second half.
“We had those scoring droughts that hurt us and put a lot of pressure on the defense,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.
Wichita State had a solid first trip to Maui.
The Shockers played tough in the first round against Connecticut, a better-than-advertised team that won the tournament championship, and put Chaminade’s upset hopes on hold for a day—it beat Oklahoma earlier Wednesday in the seventh-place game—by running over the Silverswords on Day 2.
Bennett is still trying to figure out what kind of team he has.
The Cavaliers didn’t make it any easier in the first two rounds of the tournament.
In the opener, Virginia looked young, inexperienced, occasionally lost in a blowout loss to No. 13 Washington. Next day, the Cavaliers looked talented, full of promise, on top of their game in rolling over Oklahoma.
So which team was going to show up against the mid-major-on-the-rise Shockers?
Maybe a little of both.
The good version showed up out of the gate, the Cavaliers hitting seven of their first eight shots while opening a 16-2 lead.
Wichita State didn’t take long to come back, though, knocking down 3-pointers and grabbing offensive rebounds in bunches during a 20-4 run that tied it at 24-all. Washington kept hitting shots from all over (13 for 23) and Wichita State kept knocking down 3-pointers (six), including David Kyles’ hold-the-pose shot from the corner that put the Shockers up 35-31 at the half.
“They just made that run toward the end of the half and that really hurt us,” Scott said.
Wichita State took control midway through the second half by working the ball inside, using an 11-1 run to go up 53-43 with just under 8 minutes left. The Shockers didn’t let up, keeping the cushion in double digits to leave Hawaii with a solid finish.
We loved this trip,” Marshall said. “And I love my team and I don’t want this season to go by too quickly.”