BATON ROUGE, La.- No. 24 Wichita State (4-0) remained undefeated as the Shockers topped No. 6 LSU (2-1), 57-53, Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La. LSU is the highest-ranked team Wichita State has defeated since downing No. 2 Louisville, 84-78, in 1966-67. This is also the Shockers’ second-straight victory over a 2006 Final Four team, as WSU downed George Mason last weekend, 72-66.“I was proud of our group," said head coach Mark Turgeon. "We’ve done it on the road, too. You see a lot of upsets happening out there but not many of them are on the road games. We played in a tough environment last week, and we did it here."
Wichita State was led by senior Ryan Martin with 12 points, followed by P.J. Couisnard and Karon Bradley with 11 a piece. Kyle Wilson and Phil Thomasson, setting his new WSU-high, each added 10. Wilson and Couisnard led the team in rebounding with seven boards each.
LSU’s Glen Davis had the only double-double of the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The only other Tiger ending in double-figures was Darnell Lazare with 11 points.
LSU jumped to an early lead by opening the game on a 14-4 run. Bradley got WSU going again with a shot from behind the arc, but back-to-back field goals from the Tigers put the Shockers at their largest deficit of 11 with nine minutes remaining in the half. A lay up from Couisnard was followed by a 6-2 run by Thomasson, highlighted with a dunk fed from Matt Braeuer. Ryan Martin cut the lead to three with a bucket from down low. The two teams traded baskets for the last five minutes of the half and WSU headed to the locker room trailing by six.The Tigers came out in the second half and opened their lead to nine in the first 15 seconds with a lay up and free throw from Lazare. With four minutes left, WSU tied the game for the first time since the 17 minute mark of the first half, with a tip-in by Martin.
Wichita State shot its first free throws with 2:30 left in the game; then went 7-8 from the line in the remaining minutes. The Shockers’ first lead came on a Bradley jumper with less than two minutes to play. A missed Tiger 3-pointer and timely free throws helped the Shockers hold off LSU to secure the win.
“Defense was the key to this victory," Turgeon said. "It's hard to rebound when you are giving up five inches to every player out there. Our guys did a nice job in the second half and we held our own. We got just enough defense, rebounds, and stops to win the game."
Wichita State returns home to take on UMKC on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:05 in Charles Koch Arena.
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