No. 20 Wichita State beats Missouri State 62-52

No. 20 Wichita State beats Missouri State 62-52
January 23, 2013, 10:13 pm
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Missouri State forward Keith Pickens (1) points to the crowd after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wichita State, Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013, in Springfield, Mo. (AP Photo/David Welker)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Cleanthony Early scored 17 points, Carl Hall added 15 and No. 20 Wichita State rallied for a 62-52 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday night.

Missouri State, behind freshman Gavin Thurman, used a 19-1 run to take a 33-25 lead with 16:13 remaining in the game.

The Shockers came away empty on their first five possessions of the second half then Early and Hall got more active in the offense, scoring all but two of the points in a 16-2 run that gave Wichita State a 41-35 lead with 10:53 to go.

The Shockers (18-2, 7-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who were playing just days after upsetting then-No. 12 Creighton, remained in first place in the conference.

Thurman had 21 points to lead Missouri State (5-15, 3-5), which lost its fourth straight.