Nov 29, 2019 1:03 AM

West Virginia hands Shocker men first loss

Posted Nov 29, 2019 1:03 AM

CANCUN, MEXICO – Erik Stevenson matched his career-high with 22 points, but Wichita State’s bid for a second-straight Cancun Challenge title fell short Wednesday night with a 75-63 loss to West Virginia in the tournament’s championship game.


Stevenson’s 22 points came on 8-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-8 from distance.


Tyson Etienne added 12 points and Jaime Echenique put up his first double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 boards.


WSU (6-1) trailed by three at halftime but struggled to score consistently against the Mountaineers’ length. The Shockers finished the game shooting just 30.6 percent from the field and were outrebounded 48-31.


West Virginia (6-0) pulled away in the second half to win the battle of unbeatens. Oscar Tshiebwe led the way with 19 points and 18 rebounds, and Emmitt Matthews Jr. chipped in 13.


The Mountaineers’ 75 points and 41 percent shooting were the best by a Shocker opponent this year. WSU had held each of its first six foes under 40 percent and none had topped 63.


The Shockers’ six assists matched their season low. No play recorded more than one.

 

WSU committed just nine turnovers while forcing 13. The Shockers bested the Mountaineers 14-5 on points off turnovers but were outscored 30-16 in the paint.


First Half 

Morris Udeze scored just 15 seconds into the game, but the Shockers missed 13 of their next 14 attempts.


WSU trailed by as many as nine points near the midway point of the first half but made it a one possession game heading into halftime.


The Mountaineers managed just two free throws over a six-minute stretch late in the period.


Stevenson’s three-pointer with 33 seconds remaining in the half pulled the Shockers to within 29-28.


Osabuchien’s putback just before the buzzer was West Virginia’s first field goal since the 6:38-mark and sent the Mountaineers into the locker room with a 31-28 edge.


The Shockers shot just 28.1 percent in the half and were outrebounded by 12 (27-15) but survived by committing just three turnovers and by limiting the Mountaineers to 37.5 percent shooting.


Stevenson and Etienne scored seven points each to lead the early Shocker scoring. Echenique added five points and six rebounds.


Several players on both sides battled foul trouble.


Trey Wade picked up two fouls in the first four minutes and spent the rest of the half on the bench. By the midway point of the half, Udeze and Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler had joined him, robbing the Shockers of valuable post depth.


Second Half

WSU dunked three times in the first four minutes of the second half. Stevenson opened the period with an alley-oops. Wade converted a steal into a slam, and Echenique added one of his own on a quick pivot.


WSU missed five shots and turned the ball over twice in a span of just over three minutes, and the Mountaineers capitalized with a 10-1 push.


Miles McBride scored consecutive baskets to give West Virginia a 48-36 lead at the 13:13-mark.


The Shockers pulled to within six on three different occasions but could get no closer.


Notable

Stevenson and Jamarius Burton both made the all-tournament team. Stevenson averaged 20.5 points in two games during the Cancun portion. Burton scored in double-figures in three of the four games, hit 6-of-8 threes and handed out a team-high 15 assists.


The loss snapped a 10-game regular season winning streak going back to Feb. 28 of last season.


It was WSU’s first setback in eight Cancun Challenge contests (preliminary rounds games included).


West Virginia leads the all-time series 1-0.

 

Up Next

The Shockers won’t see action for another eight days. They play host to Central Arkansas Dec. 5 at Charles Koch Arena. The 7:05 p.m. CT tip airs locally on YurView Kansas with streaming available in all 50 stats at YurView.com/Kansas

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Nov 29, 2019 1:03 AM
No. 4 Kansas beats Dayton 90-84 in overtime for Maui title

By JOHN MARSHALL

AP Basketball Writer


LAHAINA, Hawaii — Devon Dotson seemed to be running on fumes as the game wore on, but he still made big shots and continually found ways to get to the rim.


Big man Udoka Azubuike bulled his way through Dayton's defense all day, particularly in overtime, and even hit his free throws.


The duo is one of the best Bill Self has had in 16 seasons at Kansas.

They're certainly a big reason the Jayhawks won their third Maui Invitational title and will be among the favorites to cut down the nets in April.


Dotson scored 31 points, Azubuike had seven of his 29 in overtime and No. 4 Kansas outlasted Dayton 90-84 in the Maui Invitational championship game on Wednesday.


"When he has it going and the attention is on him, that opens up for other players," Dotson said. "So it's just kind of a 1-2 punch. We read the defense, take what's given to us."


The Flyers and Jayhawks spent much of the afternoon trading leads and highlight-reel plays in a bleacher-shaking atmosphere inside the bandbox Lahaina Civic Center.


Kansas (6-1) looked as if it would run away with a late 11-0 run in regulation.


The Flyers refused to back down, tying it when Jalen Crutcher buried a 3-pointer from about 5 feet behind the new, deeper arc with 2.1 seconds left.


"When he had the ball in his hands I went straight to the rim and I told him, 'Just let it go,'" said Ryan Mikesell, who led Dayton with 19 points. "He's a competent shooter and fortunate enough it went in."


The Jayhawks absorbed the blow and delivered a few in overtime with their 7-foot, 270-pound center.


Kansas went to Azubuike early in the overtime and the big man delivered, scoring three baskets at the rim. A 32% free throw shooter entering the game, he also hit three from the line in overtime.


Marcus Garrett made three free throws in the final 18 seconds to seal Kansas' second Maui title in four years.


"I do think we got some competitive pieces that, if we improve a little bit, this could be a pretty dangerous team down the stretch," Self said.


Dayton made a name for itself by winning the first two Maui games, then went toe-to-toe with a blue-blood in the final.


The Flyers (5-1) came up short against Azubuike and the Jayhawks, but they figure to be a popular pick when the brackets come out in March.


Obi Toppin had 18 points and Dayton finished 16 for 33 from 3-point range to keep Kansas within reach.


"Obviously, it's a tough loss, but like I told them in the locker room, whatever it was, five, six days ago when we came here we wanted to find out what we needed to do as a team to continue to move forward, I think these guys did a great job of answering that," Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. "They fought obviously to the very end."


Toppin dominated the first two games, scoring 49 combined points while hitting 19 of 25 shots.


The Flyers took down Georgia of the SEC and Virginia Tech of the ACC in Maui.


The Jayhawks imposed their massive will on two undersized opponents to open the tournament, taking down Division II Chaminade and BYU.


As expected, Dayton and Kansas played a fast-paced, high-level game with the championship on the line, trading dunks, 3-pointers and buckets in transition.


With Kansas doubling Toppin in the post on every touch, the Flyers worked their kickout game, hitting their first five 3-pointers and eight in the first half to lead 37-36.


The Jayhawks had success getting the ball down low early for dunks and that opened things up for Dotson, who had 17 points by halftime.

The shots kept falling, the crowd kept roaring and the lead stayed tight to start the second half.


"That was a great basketball game," Self said. "Two good teams competing against each other and in a terrific atmosphere."


BIG PICTURE

Dayton burst into the national consciousness with its run in Maui, beating two larger-conference schools and taking Kansas to the wire.


Kansas survived a tying shot at the end of regulation and wore the Flyers down with its size in the overtime. With top-ranked Duke and No. 3 Michigan State both losing, the Jayhawks should move up in Monday's AP Top 25.


UP NEXT

Dayton hosts Houston Baptist on Tuesday.


Kansas hosts Colorado on Dec. 7.