Wichita State 88 – Charleston Southern 63
Wichita State opened the season with a dominating win against Charleston Southern, beating the Buccaneers 88-63. Ron Baker led Wichita State with 15 points, followed by freshmen Landry Shamet and Eric Hamilton scoring 13 points apiece. Two other Shockers scored in double digits: Anton Grady and Ty Taylor scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
Fred VanVleet started the game but had limited mobility due to his tweaked hamstring. Early in the first half VanVleet injured his ankle and left the game for the locker room, not to return to the action for the remainder of the game.
Anton Grady scored 12 points and grabbed 3 boards on 19 minutes. The real standout in the paint was freshman Eric Hamilton, who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block on just 15 minutes of play. Hamilton’s efficiency was superb, shooting 3 of 4 from the floor, 1 of 1 from deep, and 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. Eric’s official Shocker debut was one to remember, and hopefully is an example of what he will bring to the program, game-in and game-out.
Ty Taylor and Landry Shamet also had stellar debuts. With VanVleet sidelined early, the freshman guard duo had to step up. Step up they did, accounting for 27% of the team’s points. Shamet was 3 of 8 from the field, 2 of 6 from three, and 5 of 6 from the free-throw line. Taylor shot 3 of 6 from the field, 1 of 2 from deep, and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line. Both guards looked more than comfortable on the court, and appeared to have the confidence and swagger of upperclassmen.
Wichita State scored 13 points off turnovers, forcing 4 steals and blocking 4 shots. The Shockers out rebounded the Bucs 48-29, scoring 21 second-chance points on 16 offensive rebounds. With the new freedom of movement rule changes, the referees whistled 66 personal fouls, the most fouls called of any NCAA Division-1 team’s first game this season. The Shockers took advantage of the free-throws, making 31 of 41 for 75.6%.
On Tuesday, Wichita State makes their first road trip of the season, traveling to Tulsa. The Shockers take on the Golden Hurricanes at 7 p.m. and are looking to win their 8th straight game in the series, and their 4th straight in Tulsa, which hasn’t happened since 1956-1959.
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