WICHITA, Kan. -- Rauno Nurger scored 14 points to lead a 54-point bench performance, and Wichita State easily handled South Carolina State 85-39 in a season-opening win on Friday night.
None of Wichita State's starting five scored in double figures. Instead, Nurger's 14 points led the Shockers in 16 minutes played. Markis McDuffie added 11 points and seven rebounds. Rashard Kelly, a starter, had nine points and nine rebounds.
Wichita State outrebounded South Carolina State 49-28 and won points in the paint 44-14. The Shockers have won 21 straight home openers and improved to 55-1 in home non-conference regular season games since November 2008.
Shea Rush intercepts a bad pass and speeds down the court for a two-handed jam in the final minute against Lipscomb.
After Wichita State tourney loss, Illinois State's Dan Muller reminds Gregg Marshall about value of MVC
Illinois State coach Dan Muller took a shot at Wichita State's Gregg Marshall with a tweet just moments after the Shockers, seeded fourth in the East Region, were upset by No. 13 seed Marshall in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
If Gafford returns, his presence alone could lift the Razorbacks. But If he leaves, this team is basically starting from scratch.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina State||6-10||6||10-22|