WICHITA, Kan. - Tekele Cotton scored a career high 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-for-4 from three-point range, as the Shockers defeated Tennessee State, 85-71, Saturday afternoon in Charles Koch Arena.
It was a career night for the Shockers as Ron Baker dished out a career high eight assists and seven rebounds, Darius Carter hit a career high nine points and Kadeem Coleby brought down a career high eight rebounds in the victory.
Tennessee State (0-4, 0-0) took an early 7-4 lead after two straight layups from M.J. Rhett and a three-pointer from Chaed Wellian but Cotton hit two three's to tie the game, 7-7 with 15:25 left in the first half.
The two teams traded buckets throughout the half until a dunk by Coleby at the 8:10 mark extended the Shocker lead, 19-13. The Tigers went on a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to tie the game at 19 with 6:25 left in the half. A Ron Baker layup at the 2:13 mark would put the Shockers back in the lead, 28-26 but a Tiger three with three seconds left would give Tennessee State the halftime lead, 29-28.
Wichita State (4-0, 0-0) shot 33 percent (10-for-30) from the field in the first half and forced six Tiger turnovers. Early led all Shockers with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field.
A steal and layup by Early at the 16:36 mark sparked an 8-0 run for the Shockers, capped off by a layup and free throw by Darius Carter to put Wichita State ahead, 42-36 with 15:31 left in the game. The Shockers would continue on to a 15-2 run over four minutes when Cotton hit a three-pointer with 13:07 left to extend the Shocker lead, 48-38 and forced Tennessee State to call a timeout.
The crowd came to life on a steal by VanVleet and dunk by Nick Wiggins with 9:45 left to give Wichita State a 58-45 lead. A three from Derail Green at the 5:26 mark and a Wiggins three with 4:23 left gave the Shockers the largest lead of the afternoon, 76-57.
Tennessee State would go on a 10-4 run to end the game but it wasn't enough, as Wichita State would go on to win, 85-71. The Shockers finished the game shooting 45 percent (28-for-62) from the field, 42 percent (9-for-21) from behind the arc and forced 15 Tiger turnovers in the victory.
The Shockers travel to Tulsa, Okla., to take on Tulsa at the Reynolds Center, Wed., Nov. 20. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS Sports.