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Quickly… Wichita State opened play in Cancun with a 75-62 win against DePaul and now faces undefeated Iowa, which defeated Western Kentucky, 63-55 in yesterday’s nightcap.
•The Shockers won its two home games in the tournament ‑ a 79-63 win against Western Carolina Thursday night in the opening game and a 69-50 win against Howard on Saturday.
•WSU returned at 1:30 a.m., last Wednesday from VCU where it defeated the Rams, 53-51, on ESPNU a week ago Tuesday night which started a furious two weeks where it plays five games in 10 days, including the last two in Cancun.
•WSU’s leading scorer and rebounder after four games is Carl Hall, who averages 13.4 points and 8.0 rebounds. Backing him is junior college transfer Cleanthony Early, who averages 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds a game. Redshirt freshman Ron Baker, who averages 8.2 points and 2.8 rebounds is third in scoring. Transfer Malcolm Armstead has 18 assists in the first five games.
Season and Career Highs Set Last Night… Demetric Williams’ 18 points and Malcolm Armstead’s 17 points were career highs for both players, while Williams’ four steals were also a career high.
More on Cancun Opener… Wichita State defeated DePaul, 75-62, behind 18 points from Demetric Williams in the Cancun Challenge at Moon Palace Resort to move into the title game against Iowa. The Shockers (5-0) also had Malcolm Armstead and Carl Hall score in double-figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively. DePaul's Brandon Young had 19 points to lead the Blue Demons, while Moses Morgan and Cleveland Melvin backed him with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Young was only 4-of-14 from the field, but made 10-of-12 free throws. WSU led the entire game with the largest margin at 13 points in the second half at the 6:11 mark.
On Gregg Marshall... Head Coach Gregg Marshall is in his sixth season at WSU and his 16th season overall in 2012-13 with a 308-144 career record and 114-61 record at WSU... Wichita State went 27-6 in 2011-12 to complete the bookend to the best two-year record (56-14) in Wichita State history in Gregg Marshall’s fourth and fifth seasons...En route, the Shockers won the Missouri Valley Conference title, which earned Marshall the Valley Coach of the Year honor, his first at WSU...With the conference title in the bag, WSU then earned an at-large ticket to the NCAA Tournament, dropping a second round game in Portland to VCU.
Against Iowa… Wichita State last played the Hawkeyes during the 2009-10 season in the consolation game of the CBE Tournament in Kansas City. The Shockers won that game, 74-57, behind sophomores Garrett Stutz and Toure Murry who had 18 points each. The Shockers went on to a 25-10 record, which ended in a loss to Nevada in the NIT. Prior to that, WSU defeated Iowa, 60-56, in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Wichita, which was the set-up game for the Shockers’ historical Battle of New Orleans game against the University of Kansas. Overall, WSU is 4-4 against Iowa.
In-Season Tournaments... Wichita State last won an in-season tournament that they did not host during the 1963-64 season when they won the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City with a 3-0 record, defeating Montana State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma City University. Since then WSU has won in-season tournaments that it hosted, including the Cessna Classic from 1997-99. In all, WSU has won 13 in-season tournaments with 10 of them held in Wichita. WSU was last in the title game of an in-season tournament at the 2003 Paradise Jam.