11 Dec Wichita State Shockers Beat OU 76-73 Collecting Third All-College Classic
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Wichita State picked up its second road win in its last three games after handing Oklahoma a 76-73 defeat Saturday afternoon in a thrilling college basketball game at Chesapeake Energy Arena in the 79th All-College Classic.
The Shockers collected their third All-College Classic title in school history and first since 1965 when it used to be an eight-team tournament. Daishon Smith was named the Most Outstanding Player after scoring all 13 of his points after halftime, including an emphatic posterizing dunk that will surely end up on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. Smith also dished a team-high six assists, pulled down three boards and swiped two steals.
Wichita State (9-2) limited the Sooners to only 31 percent shooting overall, including 6-of-21 from deep. The Shockers finished at 40 percent from the field and cashed in 9-of-28 attempts from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard led all players with 28 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. Christian James scored 15 and Rashard Odomes added 10 for the Sooners.
OU (6-3) won the rebounding battle, 46-43, and registered nine blocks and eight steals.
From the opening tip it was a back-and-forth battle with the largest lead in the entire game only nine by Wichita State late in the second half. The Sooners led by as many as eight in the first half.
A late spurt from the Sooners put OU up 37-31 at the two-minute mark of the first half after WSU had led for much of the half. Oklahoma led by as many as eight in the last two minutes before WSU finished on a 6-0 run to only trail by two at the break, 39-37.
The Shockers shot 48 percent from the floor in the first half and held the Sooners to only 31 percent, but the free throw line and turnovers helped OU take the lead. OU made 14-of-16 attempts from the charity stripe, while forcing nine WSU miscues.
Willis Jr. led the Shockers with eight points and five boards in the first half. Woodard tallied game-high 11 first half points for the Sooners.
Consecutives three-pointers from Brown gave the Shockers a 45-44 lead to open the second half.
At the eight-minute mark Wichita State opened up a 57-50 lead thanks to a thunderous right-hand slam from Smith over an Oklahoma defender. The dunk brought the Shocker faithful to an uproar, while also sending all the momentum the way of WSU.
With two minutes remaining and WSU leading by five, Smith came up big once again. The junior drilled an NBA-range three-pointer to give the Shockers and eight-point cushion, 70-62.
Oklahoma made it an interesting final 30 seconds, after Woodard came down and nailed a three to pull OU within a point and only four seconds on the clock. Following an OU foul, two free throws from Brown iced the win for WSU with 0.5 ticks remaining.
Wichita State will play its annual downtown game next Saturday, Dec. 17, at INRUST Bank Arena against another Big 12 foe, Oklahoma State. For the third consecutive year, the arena is completely sold out. The 6 p.m. tip can be seen on The Valley on ESPN3.