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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Roos jump Shockers again

  • Wichita State got all the calls they needed against Missouri-Kansas City Wednesday at Koch Arena, but when you can’t make free throws, it doesn’t make any difference.


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  • Wichita State got all the calls they needed against Missouri-Kansas City Wednesday at Koch Arena, but when you can’t make free throws, it doesn’t make any difference.

    That’s a lesson the Shockers learned the hard way in a 66-63 loss to the previously winless Kangaroos. It was the Shockers second straight loss to UMKC.

    “It was a good basketball game, but I’m disappointed with the outcome,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. “We’ll keep working. Tomorrow’s a day off, and we need that.”

    The Shockers were 11 of 24 from the line, eight of 19 in the second half.

    “We make them in practice every day,” Marshall said. “Not one day in practice; in the middle of practice when we’re tired. We sprint when we don’t make them. We make 75 percent of them in practice without fail. We didn’t make them in the game. That team plays hard. Give them credit.”

    Spencer Johnson led the Kangaroos, 1-2, with 14 points, followed by Latreze Mushatt with 13, Dane Brumagin with 12 and Reggie Hamilton with 11.

    Ramon Clemente, A.J. Hawkins and Touré Murry scored 11 points each for the 1-1 Shockers. Clemente had 17 rebounds.

    “Another double-double,” Marshall said of Clemente. “But I’m pretty sure he’d trade one or two of those rebounds for a basket.”

    Each team suffered through long stretches without much scoring in the first half. Wichita State led 23-16 with 9:26 left in the first half on a Reggie Chamberlain trey, but the Shockers didn’t score again until a Garrett Stutz three-point play with 31.4 seconds left in the period.

    A Mushatt putback just before the buzzer put the Kangaroos back up at the half 27-26.

    “We might have had a couple of bad shots in there,” Marshall said. “I’ll have to look at the film. We had some missed shots, and we turned the ball over a couple of times.”

    Neither team led by more than three points early in the second half.

    Brumagin hit a trey with 10:22 left in regulation to put the Roos up six, 50-44. Dustin Dibble hit a layup with 7:02 left to put UMKC up by seven. Dibble hit a three-point play less than a minute later to put the Shockers down by eight. Through the first 16 minutes of the second half, the Shockers were four of 12 from the free throw line.

    The Shockers gave up one of two free throws and a Mushatt slam on a turnover to go back down by seven with 3:12 to play. A Murray three-point play set up by Roo turnover got the Shockers within two with 1:46 to play.

    Wichita State missed a chance to tie off a turnover and the Roos missed opportunities to extend their lead. Brugamin missed a 3-point shot with 17 seconds left, and the Shockers were able to rebound.

    Stutz was fouled off the ball with 10.2 seconds left, but hit one of two free throws. Brumagin hit two free throws with 7.9 seconds left. A Shocker trey attempt at the buzzer missed.

    “It’s early,” Marshall said. “We’ll work hard, D-up, shoot some free throws.”

    The Shockers return home at 7:05 p.m. Monday to face Centenary.

    MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY (1-2) — Humphrey 2-5 3-4 8, Johnson 5-7 3-4 14, Brumagin 4-11 3-4 12, McKinney-Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Hamilton 4-10 2-2 11, Mushatt 6-10 0-0 13, Dibble 3-4 1-1 8, Akinpetide 0-0 0-0 0, Brady 0-0 0-0 0, Ford 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 24-48 12-15 66.

    WICHITA STATE (1-1) — Clemente 4-6 3-8 11, Hawkins 5-7 1-3 11, Durley 3-4 2-3 8, Hannah 2-10 0-2 6, Murry 4-10 2-3 11, Ellis 0-2 0-0 0, Hatch 1-3 0-0 2, Chamberlain 2-5 0-0 5, Kyles 0-1 0-0 0, Stutz 3-4 3-5 9, TOTALS 24-52 11-24 63.

    UMKC 27 39 —66

    Wichita St. 26 37 —63

    Total fouls — UMKC 23, WSU 16. Fouled out — UMKC: Johnson, Humphrey. 3-point shooting — UMKC 6-16 (Humphrey 1-3, Johnson 1-2, Brumagin 1-4, McKinney-Jones 0-1, Hamilton 1-3, Mushatt 1-2, Dibble 1-1), WSU 4-18 (Hawkins 0-2, Durley 0-1, Hannah 2-5, Murry 1-4, Hatch 0-2, Chamberlain 1-4). Rebounds — UMKC 26 (Dibble 6), WSU 35 (Clemente 17). Assists — UMKC 10 (Hamilton 4), WSU 16 (Hannah 4, Murry 4). Turnovers — UMKC 14 (Hamilton 4), WSU 11 (three with 2). Blocked shots — UMKC 2 (Mushatt 2), WSU 2 (Hawkins 1, Hatch 1). Steals — UMKC 8 (Brugamin 2, Mushatt 2), WSU 7 (Hawkins 2, Murry 2). Attendance — 10,282.

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