WICHITA, Kan. - Carl Hall and Demetric Williams each had 11 points to lead Wichita State to their second victory of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge defeating Howard, 69-50, Saturday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.
Playing their third game in five days the usually fast starting Shockers started the game a bit sluggish as they headed into the first media timeout trailing 7-6, with starting center Ehimen Orukpe saddled to the bench after picking up two quick fouls before the 18:00 mark.
Evan Wessel's 3-pointer from the right corner followed by four consecutive points from Cleanthony Early gave Wichita State (4-0) their first significant offensive push of the game taking a 23-14 lead with 5:26 remaining in the half. The Shockers offense found its stride from there with Demetric Williams consecutive breakaway finishes, the first a two-handed dunk and the second a layup around a Howard defender, to give Wichita State a 30-14 advantage with 3:00 remaining.
The Shockers closed the half on a 21-0 run over the final 7:01 capped by Nick Wiggins 3-pointer with thirty-two seconds remaining to take a 37-14 lead. Wichita State forced 15 Howard (0-3) turnovers in the half leading to 18 points. Wichita State showed their collective depth in the half with the bench outscoring Howard's bench 21-0.
Mike Phillips 12 points led Howard who outscored WSU 36-32 in the second half. Alphonso Leary added 11 while Simuel Frazier and Prince Okoroh each chipped in 10.
Wichita State will travel to Cancun, Mexico for bracket play of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Tue., Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. (CST). The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 613, Dish Network Channel 158).