Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Billikens Get Taken to School by Shockers; No. 8 Wichita St. 81, SLU 52; Crews Turns to Freshmen after Upperclassmen Struggle

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Billikens Get Taken to School by Shockers; No. 8 Wichita St. 81, SLU 52; Crews Turns to Freshmen after Upperclassmen Struggle

Article excerpt

WICHITA, KAN. * The personnel adjustments started with the start of the second half when freshman Marcus Bartley replaced junior starter Austin Mc-Broom.

By the second media timeout of the second half Saturday, St. Louis University was playing with nothing but freshmen. And the lineup largely remained that way for the remainder of No. 8 Wichita State's 81-52 drubbing of the Billikens.

Little went right for SLU's more experienced players at sold-out Intrust Bank Arena. The experienced Shockers had a lot to do with that as they built a 26-point lead in the first half before scoring the first 13 points of the second.

So, coach Jim Crews ended up with a longer-than-usual look at his youth playing as a unit after little worked for the upperclassmen, who produced only 11 points and shot 25 percent.

"I don't know if we looked at them like, here's the freshmen and let's put them in," Crews said. "But we thought they were doing better, so whoever is doing better we're going to play them. Those guys seemed to do better." Wichita State shredded the SLU defense in the first half when the Shockers (5-1) shot 63 percent. Ron Baker finished with 18 points and overlooked guard Evan Wessell added a career-high 15.

"I thought we got enough good performances to beat a team that was 5-2 coming in and had us very worried," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.

That probably didn't last long. SLU struggled to get rebounds as Wichita State finished with a 41-20 advantage, a margin that was better than it had been most of the game.

The SLU freshmen ended up playing 125 of 200 minutes, and they outscored Wichita State 20-15 in the final 12 minutes. During that stretch, Marshall turned to an all-freshman lineup as well before sending his starters back to the court to restore order.

"We just wanted to keep fighting," said Bartley, who scored a team-high 13 points. "We weren't going to give up even though they had the big lead. So, we just kept fighting. We feel we held our own but we still lost the game, so we didn't do enough. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.