No. 10 Wichita State Stays Perfect, Beats Davidson 81-70

By: Jeffrey Parson, AP Sports Writer
By: Jeffrey Parson, AP Sports Writer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Cleanthony Early had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 10 Wichita State to extend the best start in school history with an 81-70 victory over Davidson on Sunday.

Ron Baker had 15 points for Wichita State (13-0) while Darius Carter scored 13 and Tekele Cotton added 10.

Tyler Kalinoski had 17 points for Davidson (4-9), while Tom Droney added 12 and De'Mon Brooks scored 10.

Wichita State was able to salt away the victory at the free throw line. The Shockers were 28 of 41 on free throws while Davidson was just 11 of 16. Three Wildcats fouled out.

Wichita State also had a significant advantage in points off turnovers, converting Davidson's 15 turnovers into 18 points. The Shockers had nine turnovers, which the Wildcats turned into seven points.

The Wildcats used a 6-0 run in less than 90 seconds on two running jumpers by Droney and a basket by Chris Czerapowicz to cut Wichita State's lead to 45-44 with 15:34 remaining.

The Shockers stemmed the tide with a 9-2 run. Davidson shot 1 of 7 during the stretch, which was capped by a 3 by Early that made it 55-46 with 12:15 to play, the Shockers' biggest lead of the game to that point.

But the Wildcats stayed within striking distance thanks to 3-pointers. In the next 5 minutes, Kalinoski hit two 3s while Czerapowicz and Brian Sullivan each hit one.

Kalinoski's second 3-pointer in that span made the Wildcats 5 of 8 from beyond the arc in the half and cut the Shockers' lead to 65-60.

But Davidson went on another drought after that, not hitting another field goal until Jake Belford's 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining. By that time, the Shockers had methodically pushed the lead to double digits for the first time, 75-64, after Baker's two free throws with 1:44 left.

The Shockers scored the first half's final five points, including a tip-in by Carter at the buzzer, for a 36-32 lead.


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