WICHITA, Kan. - A sellout crowd watched the Wichita State Shockers pull out a 93-83 triple-overtime win against Indiana State Saturday at Charles Koch Arena.
The Shockers outscored Indiana State, 12-2, in the third overtime period of the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball game in front of 10,506.
Saturday's win marked the Shockers' first triple-overtime victory in Shocker history and just the third triple-overtime game played by Wichita State. The game also was the first triple-overtime game played at Charles Koch Arena.
The Shockers improved to 16-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play. Indiana State, which entered the game tied with Missouri State for first place in the Valley, fell to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in conference games.
Junior center Garrett Stutz led the Shockers with 16 points, and added seven rebounds. Senior forward Gabe Blair posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. J.T. Durley added 13 points, while Toure' Murry, Joe Ragland and Demetric Williams each scored 12 points for the Shockers, who shot 58.8 percent from the field in overtime.
Aaron Carter scored 16 points to lead the Sycamores.
A layup from Durley tied the score, 58-58, with about seven seconds remaining in regulation. A Jake Odum turnover and Stutz steal with 1.1 seconds left on the clock gave the Shockers the ball, but they were unable to convert a pass down the length of the court, forcing overtime.
The Shockers opened overtime on an 8-0 run to take a 66-58 lead.
A three-point play from the Sycamores' Jake Kelly cut Wichita State's lead to three points. Two free throws from Dwayne Latham cut the Shockers' lead to two points and a layup from Kelly tied the score, 73-73, with 24.5 seconds left, forcing a second overtime.
Indiana State grabbed a four-point margin in the second overtime, but the Shockers fought back with a three-pointer from Ben Smith, followed by a Stutz layup to take an 80-79 lead with 1:44 on the clock.
A Murry free throw with 8.8 seconds left in the second overtime tied the game, 81-81, and forced the third overtime.
The Sycamores scored first in the third overtime period, but the Shockers scored the next 12 points for the win.
Wichita State shot 41.9 percent for the game overall, but struggled from the three-point line all night, shooting 13 percent (3-for-23).
Indiana State outrebounded the Shockers, 51-46, marking just the second time this season the Shockers were outrebounded.
In the first half, a Stutz jumper and two free throws from Blair pushed the Shockers to a 19-15 lead midway through the first half.
The Sycamores responded with a 7-0 run entering a media timeout with just under eight minutes left on the clock to grab a 22-19 lead. Indiana State pushed that run to 11-0, building a 26-19 edge.
A 3-pointer from Graham Hatch cut the Sycamores' lead to four points with about 6:20 left before halftime. The Shockers built on the Hatch bucket for a 7-0 run, tying the game with an Aaron Ellis layup at the 4:53 mark.
Wichita State closed out the half on a 10-2 run to grab a 38-30 edge at halftime.
Stutz led the Shockers with nine points and tied Blair with a game-leading five rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Blair also added eight points for Wichita State. The Shockers outrebounded Indiana State, 19-18, in the half.
Sycamore Carter led all players with 11 first-half points as Indiana State shot 40.7 percent in the first half and the Shockers shot 37.5 percent in the half. But Wichita State struggled from the 3-point line making just 1-for-10 attempts in the opening 20 minutes.
Williams' layup early in the second half pushed Wichita State to a 10-point lead, but the Sycamores closed to within three points on a jumper from Kelly less than five minutes into the second half.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Indiana State's Latham and Carter gave the Sycamores a 51-50 lead midway through the second half.
The Shockers' struggles from behind the 3-point line continued in the second half, as they missed all seven attempts they took.
Indiana State built up three-point leads twice soon after taking the lead in the second half, but field goals from Williams cut the Sycamores' lead to one point each time as Indiana State led 55-54 with about five minutes remaining.
Murry's jumper with 3:23 left on the clock pushed the Shockers to a 56-55 lead. An Odum steal and layup at the 1:20 mark regained a 57-56 Sycamore lead before Durley forced overtime by tying the score, 58-58.
Wichita State next travels for a 6:05 p.m. game Wednesday at Southern Illinois before returning home for a 1:05 p.m. game Jan. 29 against Bradley at Charles Koch Arena.
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