WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Landry Shamet scored 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead No. 9 Wichita State past Houston 81-63 on Thursday night.
Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) made nine of its first 11 3-point shots and led by as many as 25 in the first half. Starting guards Shamet and Conner Frankamp (15 points) were a combined 12 of 15 from the field.
Shaquille Morris scored 14 points for the Shockers while Markis McDuffie added 11.
Rob Gray led Houston (12-3, 2-1 American) with 13 points, six below his season average. He was 6 of 14 from the field. Corey Davis scored 12 points for the Cougars, and Wes Van Beck had 11.
The Shockers finished 12 of 27 from the 3-point line while Houston was 4 of 15.
Wichita State led 53-32 at halftime, going 10 of 16 from the 3-point line to build that lead. The Shockers had 14 assists and five turnovers in the first half.
Houston: The Cougars lost to a hot-shooting Wichita State team but get another chance at the Shockers on Jan. 20.
Wichita State: The Shockers have not had an overabundance of games looking like a top 10 team and needed one.
Houston: The Cougars play host to Tulsa on Jan. 11.
Wichita State: The Shockers host South Florida on Sunday.