Men’s basketball stays perfect, clips Falcons

If the Shockers are looking for national attention, it looks like they might finally be getting it. 

The Wichita State men’s basketball team defeated Air Force 72-69 on Sunday in Colorado Springs to improve to 8-0 on the season. 

It’s the Shockers best start since the 2006-07 season. 

The game was tied at 49 midway through the second half, when WSU went on an 11-1 run to give itself some breathing room. 

Air Force (6-2) rallied to get as close as one point with seven seconds remaining. WSU’s Malcolm Armstead responded with a pair of free throws to push the lead back out to three. 

Air Force had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Michael Lyon’s three-point attempt didn’t fall. 

Shocker forward Carl Hall led all players with 21 points. He was 9 of 10 from the field and added 10 rebounds. 

Cleanthony Early finished with 12 points and Demetric Williams had 10 points. 

It was the Shockers first true road game this season. 

The AP top 25 polls come out today and could include WSU. CBS Sports has the Shockers at No. 20 in its own poll. 

The Shockers will next play at home against Northern Colorado on Saturday before heading to Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 13 to play Tennessee.