Wichita State uses strong second half to beat Western KentuckyNov 12, 2013 - 9:02 AM Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Fred VanVleet had 17 points and four steals as the 16th-ranked Wichita State Shockers beat the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers by a 66-49 margin.
Kadeem Coleby tallied 13 points for the Shockers (2-0), who opened the season with a 93-50 win over Emporia State on Saturday. Cleanthony Early added 11 points and nine rebounds.
T.J. Price and Aleksej Rostov each had 12 points for the Hilltoppers (0-1), who went 20-16 and lost to Kansas in second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Shockers started the second half on a 14-2 run to create some distance. Coleby tallied seven points during the surge that Early capped with a layup for a 44-30 lead.
Rostov's three-point play and Caden Dickerson's 3-pointer got Western Kentucky within nine, 51-42, with 8:44 to play.
Tekele Cotton responded with four straight points for Wichita State. VanVleet added two free throws with 6:14 remaining to make it a 57-42 contest.
The Hilltoppers held a 24-19 lead following Price's 3-pointer with 5:13 left in the first half.
But the Shockers closed out the half on an 11-4 run. VanVleet and Early each had four points during the spurt that ended with the home team taking a 30-28 edge into the locker room.
Despite the loss, Western Kentucky leads the all-time series by a 3-2 margin ... Wichita State shot 46.2 percent from the floor and went 15-of-22 from the foul line ... The Hilltoppers shot just 28.6 percent from the field and went 7-of-30 from beyond the arc.
- WESTERN KENTUCKY: 49
WICHITA STATE: 66
Nov 12 3:11 AM
- WESTERN KENTUCKY: 28
WICHITA STATE: 30
Nov 12 2:02 AM
- WESTERN KENTUCKY: 0
WICHITA STATE: 0
1st Half - 20:00
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