Shockers win in Sanford Pentagon

It took 63 minutes and 39 seconds before Wichita State could hit a three-pointer this season. But once Ron Baker hit that shot, the Shockers didn’t look back, defeating the Memphis Tigers 71-56 in Sioux Falls, S.D, in a game that was part of ESPN’s 24-hour college tipoff.

Early on, the Shockers (2-0) had a close game against Memphis (0-1), leading at half by seven.

WSU was only up 25 to 22 with 1:05 left in the first half, before Baker made a jumper followed by a Baker layup. Baker went into the half with four points, and the Shockers were on top 29-22.

The second half was a different story.

The Tigers were able to cut the lead to six before Baker sank the three-pointer.

Then, a Darius Carter jumper, a Baker layup and a Tekele Cotton jumper blew the door open on the Tigers, giving WSU a 15-point lead.

It was all Shockers in the second half.

WSU forced 24 Memphis turnovers while only allowing four assists from the Tigers.

Four Shockers ended the game in double digits, with Baker’s 21 points leading the way. Fred VanVleet added 15, Carter had 12 and Cotton had 10.

Baker had a team-high six assists, and all five starters ended with four rebounds each. VanVleet ended with a game-high four steals.

Key Note: Tevin Glass and Zach Brown both checked into the Memphis game, deeming them ineligible to redshirt this season.