Rapid Reaction: Wichita St. 72, La Salle 58

LOS ANGELES -- A quick look at Wichita State’s 72-58 victory over La Salle in the Sweet 16 at Staples Center on Thursday night:

Overview: Wichita State reached Los Angeles after uprooting No. 1 seed Gonzaga last weekend. The Shockers lost six regular-season Missouri Valley Conference games. They lost to Creighton in the MVC tournament title game.

So there were no real indications that they would make it out west for a shot at the Elite Eight.

But the No. 9 seed certainly proved that it belonged by its furious start against La Salle. The Shockers (29-8) led by 10 points with 8:53 remaining in the first half.

They were just too strong for 13-seed La Salle (24-10) from tipoff.

The Shockers shot 44.8 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. Malcolm Armstead led all scorers with 18 points.

Turning point: Jerrell Wright's layup 55 seconds in tied the game 2-2. Then the Shockers launched a 12-0 run. Carl Hall fueled the barrage on his way to making his first six shots. But they didn’t stop there. They entered halftime with a 38-22 advantage after outscoring La Salle 24-10 in the paint.

Star of the game: A few years ago, Hall was just another junior-college player. On Thursday, however, he led the Shockers to the Elite Eight. He finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and an assist.

Stat of the game: La Salle star Ramon Galloway went 4-for-15 from the field.

Next: Wichita State will face Ohio State in the Elite Eight on Saturday.