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.
Texas didn't make the NCAA tournament a year ago. It will this time. But the Longhorns aren't alone among teams ready to play again in March instead of just watching.
The NCAA said Wednesday that former Pacific men's basketball coach Ron Verlin failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated academic misconduct and recruiting rules to make prospects eligible.
Kansas coach Bill Self said he admires his peers who continue to coach in their late 60s and early 70s, but he said he's not interested in duplicating their longevity.
|North Carolina Central||13-3||-||25-9|
|South Carolina State||7-9||6||11-20|
|North Carolina A&T||1-15||12||3-29|