NCAA Roundup: Wichita State keeps winning streak rolling

NCAA Roundup: Wichita State keeps winning streak rolling
February 25, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Associated Press

PEORIA, Ill. -- Wichita State is all alone in the record book.

Again using a balanced offense and tenacious defense, the second-ranked Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a 69-49 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night.

"To be the first and only team in college basketball to win 30 without a loss in the regular season," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said when asked about his theme for the game. "I realize we're playing more games ... but it has never happened in the regular season.

"So it's a first. And these guys like to be the first, and the best."

Ron Baker had 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures as the Shockers became the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin' Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.

The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. The last team to finish a regular season unbeaten was Saint Joseph's in 2003-04 at 27-0. The next season, Illinois got to 29-0 before losing its regular-season finale at Ohio State.

A barrage of 3-pointers early in the second half broke it open for Wichita State, which beat Bradley (12-18, 7-10) for the 10th straight time and second this season.

 

DePaul tops Seton Hall 65-60

 

CHICAGO (AP) Brandon Young had a team-high 19 points, including four in the final minute and a half, as DePaul snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 65-60 victory over Seton Hall Tuesday night.

 

Billy Garrett Jr. and Durrell McDonald had 15 points apiece and Sandi Marcius added 10 as the Blue Demons (11-18, 3-13 Big East) won for the first time since Jan. 14, a 77-75 victory against St. John's, with all the losses coming in-conference.

 

Fuquan Edwin had a game-high 21 points to lead Seton Hall (14-14, 5-10). Edwin, though, was hampered by a sprained thumb in the second half and didn't score in the final 13 minutes of the game. He left the game briefly midway through the second half and missed his only two field-goal attempts after returning. Edwin has led the Pirates in scoring in four straight games.

 

The game was decided at the line, where DePaul went 17 of 18 and Seton Hall made just 5 of 11.

 

Seton Hall posted an 86-69 victory in the first meeting between the teams Jan. 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

 

DePaul committed turnovers on two of its first three possessions and fell behind 7-2 early in the game. It appeared it might be another long night, but the Blue Demons responded with a 14-4 run to take a 16-11.

 

For the season, DePaul entered the game shooting 40.9 percent from the field, but was locked in during the first half. The Blue Demons were 15-for-21 (71.4 percent) from the field in the first half, including four of eight from three-point range. The hot-shooting helped them to a 38-29 halftime lead despite 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

 

Seton Hall opened the second half with a 13-4 run to tie the score at 42 with just over 15 minutes left. After a pair of free throws by Garrett put DePaul back on top, the Pirates ran off eight straight points for a 50-44 lead with just under 13 minutes to go.

 

But instead of folding, the Blue Demons rallied and scored eight straight to reclaim a 52-50 advantage. The game was tight down the stretch before DePaul ended with a 9-2 spurt.

 

With the score tied at 58 with just under three minutes left, McDonald hit a long three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give DePaul a 61-58 edge. A little than a minute later, Young had a steal and a fast break layup to make it 63-58 with 1:29 to go. He added the game's final points on a pair of free throws with 12.7 seconds to go.

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Missouri State defeats Loyola of Chicago 72-56

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Christian Kirk scored 16 points and Keith Pickens 14 as Missouri State defeated Loyola of Chicago 72-56 Tuesday night to stake out - for the moment - sole possession of third place in the Missouri Valley Conference, which begins its post-season tournament next week.

The Bears (19-10, 9-8 MVC) led wire-to-wire and forced 13 Loyola turnovers, outscoring the Ramblers (9-20, 4-13) off turnovers 15-2 in the first half alone.

Jarmar Gulley scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, his 15th straight game scoring in double figures.

The Ramblers came as close as eight after halftime, 52-44, when Tony Nixon hit a 3 and Milton Doyle added a free throw at 8:23 remaining, but never got closer.

Nixon led Loyola with 15 points off the bench. Joe Crisman added 14 before fouling out.

Missouri State is in a four-way scrum for third in the MVC and face unbeaten Wichita State on Saturday.

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