Shockers' Ron Baker Earns MVC Honors

By: 13 Sports, Justin Surrency Email
By: 13 Sports, Justin Surrency Email

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ron Baker had 22 points, six rebounds and four steals and No. 12 Wichita State got a pair of key plays from Fred VanVleet in the closing seconds to edge Saint Louis 70-65 on Sunday.

Chadrack Lufile hit a layup off VanVleet's pass for a 68-65 lead with 14 seconds to go, and VanVleet added a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Cleanthony Early missed eight of 12 shots but hit a pair of key 3-pointers late and had 12 points for the Shockers (8-0).

Saint Louis missed two 3-point attempts and Jake Barnett missed a second free throw with a chance to tie it at 66 with 30.1 seconds to go.

Dwayne Evans had 18 points and nine rebounds for Saint Louis (6-2). Tekele Cotton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wichita State.

St. Louis honored Rick Majerus during a halftime ceremony on the anniversary of his death. Former players Luke Meyer and Paul Eckerle gave tributes and athletic director Chris May gave Majerus' A-10 championship ring from last season to Angie Kvidera, the coach's longtime girlfriend.

Both of Saint Louis's big men fouled out. Rob Loe fouled out for the second straight game with 4:20 to go, finishing with 11 points and five rebounds, and backup John Manning had two points and a rebound before drawing his fifth with 1:57 left and the game tied at 63.

Early missed his first six shots, getting his first points on a thundering dunk off a turnover with 1:12 left in the half.

Saint Louis made its first three shots for an 8-0 lead, two of them 3-pointers by Mike McCall. Wichita dug an early hole, trailing missing 10 of its first 12 shots and trailing by as many as 10 points, before beginning a 17-0 that put the Shockers up 24-16 with 4:39 to go in the half.

Austin McBroom had five points in an 11-0 run by Saint Louis that quickened the pace, and Loe hit a follow shot with two seconds to go for a 29-28 lead.


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