WICHITA, Kan. - Five Wichita State players finished with double-digit scoring totals, pushing the Shockers to 8-0 in Wichita this season with Tuesday's 82-63 win against Drake.
A sellout crowd of 10,506 watched at Charles Koch Arena as the Shockers improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball play. Tuesday's win marked Wichita State's seventh-straight victory.
J.T. Durley led the Shockers with 13 points. Ben Smith added 12 points. Garrett Stutz, Toure' Murry and Demetric Williams posted 10 points each. Stutz, Murry and Gabe Blair added eight rebounds apiece.
Rayvonte Rice led all scorers with 17 points for Drake (6-8, 1-2).
Drake jumped out to an early 6-2 lead with a field goal from Kurt Alexander in the first four minutes of play, but a 3-pointer from Durley cut the Bulldogs' lead to one point less than one minute later. A Seth VanDeest jumper in the paint boosted Drake to an 8-5 edge entering the first media timeout of the game.
A 3-pointer from David Kyles tied the game, 8-8, with about 14 minutes remaining in the half. The Shockers went on to tie the score twice more in the next two minutes, but the Bulldogs broke the tie each time and led 14-12 with about 11 minutes left on the clock.
Drake held the Shockers without a field goal for a six-minute span of the first half until Stutz, assisted by Murry, converted a layup with 6:14 left in the half. The layup kicked off an 8-3 run by the Shockers that boosted them to their first lead of the game, 23-21, on a Murry layup at the 4:18 mark.
A jumper and 3-pointer from Williams, followed by a Joe Ragland layup extended the Shockers to their largest lead of the game, 31-28, with about two minutes remaining before halftime. Two free throws from Murry before halftime gave Wichita State a five-point edge. Durley extended the Shockers to a six-point lead.
Wichita State led 35-31 at halftime. The Bulldogs held Drake to 35 percent shooting in the first half. VanDeest led the Bulldogs with 10 points and six rebounds. Five Shockers finished the half with five points each.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Murry and Kyles pushed the Shockers to a nine-point lead, an 8-0 run, and brought the crowd at Charles Koch Arena to its feet less than six minutes into the second half.
Two free throws from Smith later in the half tied the Shockers' largest lead, 54-45.
A Stutz 3-pointer with about 11:15 left on the clock boosted Wichita State to an 11-point margin.
The Bulldogs crept to within seven points, 57-50, but the Shockers' regained a double-digit lead with a free throw from Blair and two free throws from Murry midway through the second half.
Two free throws from Durley boosted Wichita State to a 64-52 margin. Durley gave Wichita State a 13-point lead. Ben Smith's 3-pointer gave the Shockers a 74-57 edge with less than five minutes remaining.
Wichita State shot 41.3 percent in the game overall and Drake shot 47.3 percent.
Tuesday started a stretch of three games in six days for the Shockers, who improved to 50-9 against Drake at Charles Koch Arena.
Wichita State next plays at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Illinois State before returning home to play Missouri State at 7:35 p.m. Sunday at Charles Koch Arena. Friday's game can be seen on Kansas 22 and Sunday's game on ESPNU.
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