Valley Isle-bound Wichita State downs College of Charleston

The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall was anxious to get a look at the play by play after his No. 6 Shockers defeated College of Charleston 81-63 on Monday.

He wanted to know exactly what time things went south after Wichita State built a 33-point lead.

“So it was 9:06 left,” he said. “We were up 33 with nine minutes left and got outscored 26-11 after that. Those last nine minutes were horrible.”

Fortunately for Wichita State (2-0), the Shockers’ big men dominated prior to that.

Center Shaquille Morris had 18 points and 10 rebounds in just 22 minutes. Fellow senior post players Rauno Nurger (16 points) and Darral Willis (14 points) also found success inside, helping Wichita State to a 44-27 rebounding advantage.

Grant Riller had a game-high 20 points for College of Charleston (1-1). He scored 18 of those in the second half on 7-of-10 shooting.

“I liked what we did in the second half,” Cougars coach Earl Grant said. “From a physical standpoint and from a rebounding standpoint, we settled down.”

The Shockers now have a week to prepare for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, which starts Monday at the Lahiana Civic Center. They face California in the first round.

AP TOP 25

Record Pts Prv

1. Duke (34) 2-0 1,577 1

2. Michigan State (13) 1-0 1,529 2

3. Arizona (16) 2-0 1,511 3

4. Kansas (2) 1-0 1,446 4

5. Villanova 1-0 1,307 6

6. Wichita State 1-0 1,277 7

7. Kentucky 2-0 1,219 5

8. Florida 0-0 1,125 8

9. North Carolina 1-0 1,078 9

10. Southern Cal 1-0 1,023 10

11. Miami 2-0 911 13

12. Cincinnati 1-0 890 12

13. Notre Dame 1-0 860 14

14. Minnesota 1-0 675 15

15. Xavier 1-0 605 17

16. Texas A&M 1-0 577 25

17. Gonzaga 1-0 525 18

18. Louisville 1-0 518 16

19. Purdue 2-0 426 20

20. Northwestern 1-0 374 19

21. Saint Mary’s (Cal) 1-0 315 22

22. Seton Hall 2-0 283 23

23. UCLA 1-0 266 21

24. West Virginia 0-1 211 11

25. Baylor 1-0 205 24

Others receiving votes–Alabama 98, Rhode Island 55, Virginia 45, TCU 43, Providence 36, Missouri 32, Virginia Tech 17, Wisconsin 9, Michigan 7, Texas 7, Butler 6, Texas Tech 6, Oklahoma 5, Arkansas 4, Mount St. Mary’s 4, SMU 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Dayton 2, Maryland 2, Nevada 2, Oakland 2, Harvard 1, Oregon 1, South Carolina 1.

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