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.
Point guard D.J. Carton, ranked No. 28 in the ESPN 100, has committed to Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over Big Ten rivals Michigan and Indiana.
Len Chappell, who led Wake Forest to its only Final Four trip in 1962 and was an NBA All-Star with the Knicks, has died at 77.
Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight, who was found dead on a Phoenix roadway early Sunday, was arrested in June and charged with six felonies, including two counts of molestation of a child.
|North Carolina A&T||11-5||1||20-15|
|North Carolina Central||9-7||3||19-16|
|South Carolina St||6-10||6||10-22|