Dexter Dennis and Markis McDuffie combined for 27 points and 16 rebounds as Wichita State stole its third road win of the season Sunday at Southern Methodist.
Wichita State (15-13, 8-8 American Athletic Conference) won its second straight and swept Southern Methodist. The Shockers beat a depleted Southern Methodist (14-14, 5-11 American Athletic Conference) team 67-55. The Mustangs played without point guard Jimmy Whitt.
McDuffie fought poor shooting, but finished the Shockers’ leading scorer with 15 and a rebound shy of a double-double. The Shockers got a boost from Jaime Echenique, who had eight points and six rebounds.
Asbjørn Midtgaard didn’t show up in the box score much. He had seven points on 2-3 shooting with two rebounds, but his play helped Wichita State open up to as much as a 20-point lead. His defense forced Southern Methodist outside the perimeter, where they made just three 3-pointers on 26 attempts (11 percent). Setting screens on the other end, Midtgaard opened up the lane for Samajae Haynes-Jones and Jamarius Burton, who combined scored 15.
When the Shockers played Southern Methodist at the end of January, Wichita State had a 1-6 conference record. Samajae Haynes-Jones helped Wichita State beat Southern Methodist with his first of two buzzer beaters this season. That ignited a drastic turnaround for the program, as it went on to win seven of its next nine games.
Wichita State moved into sole possession of sixth place in the American Athletic Conference, with South Florida losing to UConn on Sunday. It’s likely Gregg Marshall’s team will be the league’s first team to have a 1-6 start and finish better than eighth in the league.
With two games remaining on its schedule, Wichita State cannot advance to better than sixth in the conference, but cannot likely fall to worse than seventh.