Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Wichita State tries to remain undefeated, as
the 11th-ranked Shockers clash with the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in non-
conference play at Koch Arena.
The Shockers have produced an unblemished record after eight games, splitting
those victories between Wichita and the road. The team last played six days
ago at Saint Louis where it captured a 70-65 win. The victory was the first
for WSU that was by single digits this season.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles are currently enjoying a three-game win streak
thanks to victories over George Washington (67-65), Bowling Green (63-56) and
lesser-known Cameron on Tuesday night by a score of 74-64. ORU is just 1-3 in
true road tests this season.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools, the Shockers
are ahead by a slim 5-4 margin. However, ORU has posted three straight wins
over Wichita State, with the most recent victory for the Golden Eagles being a
76-73 decision in this same building back in 2003.
Against Cameron, a Division II program, the Golden Eagles were led by Shawn
Glover who tallied 15 points, while Jorden Kaufman and Korey Billbury
accounted for 11 points apiece, the former coming up with eight rebounds in 15
minutes off the bench as well. Registering a double-double was Drew Wilson
with 10 points and 10 boards in only 18 minutes as he converted all but one of
his six field goal chances for a unit that held the visitors to just 38.7
percent shooting from the field and 3-of-15 beyond the arc.
Glover has been the leading scorer in each of the last five games for the
Golden Eagles, resulting in his 20.4 ppg. Right behind Glover on the list is
Obi Emegano with his 19.0 ppg, based on his 65.6 percent accuracy from the
field, but Emegano has appeared in just half of the team's eight games.
Billbury (11.6 ppg) is responsible for a team-best 6.6 rpg, helping to provide
the squad with a rebounding edge of close to three per game.
The Shockers held Saint Louis to just 39.6 percent shooting from the floor and
5-of-19 beyond the arc, but Wichita State nearly let that effort go to waste
as the team turned the ball over 18 times in a game that experienced six ties
and 11 lead changes. Ron Baker led all five starters in double figures with 22
points, followed by Chadrack Lufile and Cleanthony Early with 12 points
apiece. Fred VanVleet and Tekele Cotton chipped in with 10 points each, the
latter also clearing 10 boards.
Baker, who has at least held a share of the scoring lead for the Shockers for
four straight games, accounts for 16.1 ppg as a 53.9 percent shooter from the
floor. Early, who leads the group on the glass with 6.8 rpg and is second in
scoring with 14.1 ppg, does have his flaws because he is just 25.7 percent
accurate from the floor and has turned the ball over 19 times, against just 10
assists. Defensively, the team is limiting the foes to 60.6 ppg on 38.7
percent from the floor and 27.2 percent beyond the arc.
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