DES MOINES, Iowa - The Wichita State men's basketball team shot 12-of-25 (.480) from behind the three-point line to defeat Drake, 75-63, on Wednesday night at the Knapp Center.
Nick Wiggins scored a season high 18 points to lead Wichita State in scoring. Senior Malcolm Armstead scored 14 and dished out four assists, while Cleanthony Early added 11 points. The trio went a combined 11-of-14 (.786) from behind the arc.
Micah Mason led the Bulldogs with 14 points, two assists and two steals.
The Shockers (13-1, 2-0) opened the game with a 13-4 run, capped by a Demetric Williams three point play, to force a Drake (6-7, 0-2) timeout at the 16:20 mark. Wichita State forced four Drake turnovers during the opening four minutes.
A Nick Wiggins dunk put the Shockers up 21-9 with 11:21 remaining in the half.
The Bulldogs would not go away however, going on a 12-0 run that was ended by a long 3-pointer off the backboard from Micah Mason that tied the game at 21. Wiggins then fueled the Shockers by hitting three straight 3-pointers of his own to put the Shockers up by nine, 30-21, with 5:06 left in the half.
The game would go back-and-forth for the rest of the half as Mason hit another 3-point shot for Drake with :49 remaining to bring his team within two, 34-32, at the break.
Wichita State shot 13-of-31 in the half, including 6-of-15 from long distance. Nick Wiggins shot 4-of-5 from behind the arc and led the Shockers with 14 points in the half. Demetric Williams added six points and four assists.
Cleanthony Early scored the first six points of the second half for the Shockers on two 3-pointers that stretched the Shocker lead to 40-34 at the 17:16 mark.
A steal and layup by Tekele Cotton with 13:43 remaining put Wichita State up, 45-35.
After the Shockers had gone up by as many as 17, Drake pulled back to within 10 before back-to-back 3-pointers by Fred VanVleet and Malcolm Armstead put Wichita State back up, 67-51, with 4:17 remaining in the game.
Drake went on a 10-2 run to cut the Shocker lead to eight with 1:01 remaining in the game, but the Shockers were able to put the game away with a Tekele Cotton fast break layup and hit 4-of-5 free throws over the final minute.
Wichita State shot 28-of-60 (.467) for the game and forced 19 Bulldog turnovers. The Shockers also had 13 steals in the contest.
The Shockers will head to Peoria, Ill. for their next game against Bradley on Sunday, Jan. 6. The game can be seen on ESPNU and is set to tip at 4:30 p.m.