POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2014
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. >> Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall looked at the scoreboard with 85 seconds left Wednesday night, saw the two-point lead and challenged his players to do one thing.
Keep Indiana State scoreless.
The fourth-ranked Shockers heeded their coach’s advice, outscored the Sycamores 7-2 over the final 2:01 and hung on for a 65-58 victory that kept them unbeaten.
“At one point, Coach said, ‘If they don’t score again, we win,’ ” guard Ron Baker said, referring to the discussion during a timeout. “So our focus was on rebounding and defense the rest of the way.”
That’s always been a primary focus for Marshall’s team, and it’s a big reason the Shockers (24-0, 11-0 Missouri Valley) extended their school record winning streak, are 11-0 in conference play for the first time in school history and are the first Missouri Valley Conference team to open a season with 24 consecutive wins since Indiana State and Larry Bird went 33-0 in 1978-79.
Manny Arop had 16 points and Jake Odum and Kristian Smith added 11 each for Indiana State (17-6, 8-3).
No. 5 SAN DIEGO ST. 67, BOISE ST. 65
BOISE, Idaho >> Dwayne Polee II hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left as San Diego State rallied from a 14-point deficit to extend its winning streak to 19 games.
Xavier Thames scored 23 points for the Aztecs (20-1, 9-0 Mountain West), who have won eight of nine meetings with the Broncos (15-8, 5-5).
No. 10 MICHIGAN 79, NEBRASKA 50
ANN ARBOR, Mich. >> Freshman Zak Irvin scored all 16 of his points in the first half as the Wolverines (17-5, 9-1 Big Ten) routed the Cornhuskers (11-10, 3-6).
No. 13 SAINT LOUIS 65, SAINT JOSEPH’S 49
PHILADELPHIA >> Rob Loe scored 17 points and Jordair Jett had 10 points and seven assists to help the Billikens (21-2, 8-0 Atlantic 10) past the Hawks (15-7, 5-3) to a team-record 15th straight victory.
No. 14 LOUISVILLE 77, HOUSTON 62
HOUSTON >> Russ Smith scored 17 points and Luke Hancock added 15 points, including hitting eight of nine free throws, while Montrezl Harrell also had 15 for the Cardinals (19-4, 8-2 American Athletic Conference) in a win over the Cougars (11-12, 3-7).
No. 20 VIRGINIA 77, BOSTON COLLEGE 67
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. >> Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and seven assists and the Cavaliers (18-5, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Eagles (6-16, 2-7) for their sixth straight win.
WEST VIRGINIA 91, No. 21 OKLAHOMA 86, OT
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. >> Eron Harris scored 26 of his 28 points after halftime for the Mountaineers (14-9, 6-4 Big 12) in an upset of the Sooners (17-6, 6-4).
Harris forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in regulation and scored six points in the extra period.
Travel problems prohibited Oklahoma from arriving at the arena until 90 minutes before tipoff.
No. 23 GONZAGA 71, PORTLAND 66
SPOKANE, Wash. >> David Stockton, Angel Nunez and Kevin Pangos all scored 13 points as the Bulldogs (21-3, 11-1 West Coast) avenged a January loss to the Pilots (13-11, 5-7).
No. 25 PITTSBURGH 59, MIAMI 55, OT
CORAL GABLES, Fla. >> Lamar Patterson scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime as the Panthers (19-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak by topping the Hurricanes (11-11, 2-7).