Nick Wiggins, Wichita State beats Drake 75-63Wichita State guard Demetric Williams, center, is fouled as he drives to the basket between Drake's Gary Ricks Jr., left, and Ben Simons, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Nick Wiggins scored a season-high 18 points off the bench and Wichita State beat host Drake 75-63 on Wednesday night to match its best start in 59 years.
Malcolm Armstead added 14 for the Shockers, who are 13-1 for just the second time since starting with 16 wins in 17 tries in 1953-54. The 1982-83 team also started 13-1.
Wichita State broke things open with an 18-3 run at the outset of the second half in winning their second Missouri Valley Conference game in as many tries.
The Bulldogs got within 69-61 with 1:01 left, but Wichita State had little trouble running out the clock.
Freshmen Joey King and Micah Mason combined for 29 points for the Bulldogs (6-7, 0-2), who committed 19 turnovers in falling back below .500.