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North Carolina Central vs Wichita State

No. 11 Wichita State holds off Ingram, NC Central

CBSSports.com wire reports

WICHITA, Kan. -- The answer was simple and came without hesitation.

When Wichita State point guard Fred VanVleet was asked what makes North Carolina Central's Jeremy Ingram so difficult to guard, VanVleet needed only two words.

"The rules," he responded.

Ingram lit up No. 11 Wichita State for a career-high 37 points on Sunday night, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Shockers' 77-66 victory.

Wichita State (12-0) extended the best start in school history behind four double-digit scorers, led by Darius Carter's season-high 19. Cleanthony Early had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Ron Baker scored 15 points, and VanVleet added 14 points and eight assists.

North Carolina Central (7-3) was outrebounded 37-22, including a 15-3 disparity on the offensive glass. Ingram was 12 of 21 from the floor and 7 of 13 from the 3-point line. He scored 27 points in the second half.

"When you can shoot from as deep as he can," VanVleet said, "and just put your head down to get a whistle this season, it's tough to defend."

While Eagles coach LaVelle Moton was impressed with Ingram's performance, he grimaced while looking over the stat sheet,

"We've got to have better balance," Moton said. "You can't beat the No. (11) team in the country with one guy scoring double figures. If you look at their box score, with four guys doing it, that's the paradigm for how it's supposed to be done."

The game started to shift with seven minutes remaining in the first half. After Ingram hit a 3-pointer to make it 21-19 Shockers with 7:06 remaining, North Carolina Central did not score for five minutes.

"They went to a zone," Moton said, "and we looked like we've never seen a zone before in our lives."

Carter scored six points in the ensuing 15-0 run, and Wichita State led 40-24 at half.

The Eagles could have folded after enduring so many travel problems over the weekend. Stranded in Atlanta on Saturday night, they were forced to practice in a hotel parking lot. The team then arrived in Wichita in three shifts on Sunday. Nine bags were still missing, the assistant coaches had to wear warm-ups and some players didn't have their shoes.

But that thought went away 14 seconds into the second half when Ingram converted a four-point play.

"It took a chunk out of our lead," VanVleet said, "and they had momentum."

It wasn't just that Ingram, who entered the game averaging 23.2 points, was heating up, it's that he was doing it against Tekele Cotton, the Shockers' top defender.

When Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 16:59 remaining to get the Eagles within 44-36, he already had 10 points in the half, 20 in the game, and had cut Wichita State's 16-point halftime lead in half.

"We were not doing the things we wanted to do defensively," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.

The Eagles did not score again for four minutes but stayed within striking distance.

Ingram scored five straight points, and the Shockers led 54-46 with 8:21 remaining.

It was still an eight-point game when Early hit a transition 3-pointer and Baker followed with a steal that led to VanVleet's layup that made it 66-53 Wichita State with 4:57 to play.

But Ingram continued to make it interesting. His deep 3 with 3:10 remaining pulled North Carolina Central within 68-60.

The Eagles had it down to 70-63 when Wichita State patiently worked the shot clock and found Baker in the corner. He swished a 3-pointer for a 73-63 lead with 1:40 remaining.

"I challenged our guys to respond at halftime, and I thought we responded," Moton said. "But to their credit, they hit huge shots. Huge shots."

When the Shockers forced a steal on the other end, leading to Early's dunk, Wichita State could finally relax.

"There's a lot of pressure as a team being undefeated this late into the season," Baker said.

Marshall credited his team's rebounding with keeping the North Carolina Central at bay.

"They were outrebounding their opponents so to outrebound them by 15 tonight is really good," he said. "Cleanthony really looked vertical tonight. He went up and got some rebounds."

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North Carolina Central (7-3)244266
Wichita State #11 (12-0) «403777
NCCU:J. Ingram 37 Pts
NCCU:J. Parks 7 Reb
NCCU:E. Chapman 9 Ast
WICHST:D. Carter 19 Pts
WICHST:C. Early 10 Reb
WICHST:F. VanVleet 8 Ast

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North Carolina CentralWichita State
Jeremy Ingram
Cleanthony Early
North Carolina Central Eagles
J. Ingram, G3912-216-1221337
E. Chapman, G383-50-00937
A. Houston, G222-50-00004
K. Jawara, F172-20-01255
J. Copeland, F80-10-02050
J. Parks, G312-30-07144
R. Groves, G241-60-02023
R. Eaton, F191-24-53036
A. Galaya, G10-00-00000
J. Moody, G10-00-00000
E. Anyaorah, GDid Not Play
E. Hood, FDid Not Play
N. Maxey, CDid Not Play
J. Ferguson, GDid Not Play
K. Crawford II, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-4510-1717132566
Wichita State Shockers
F. VanVleet, G375-83-368214
C. Early, F345-124-5100116
D. Carter, F346-97-1150119
R. Baker, G315-102-433115
T. Cotton, G290-36-83546
N. Wiggins, G111-30-21023
E. Wessel, G101-40-03012
C. Lufile, F91-10-11022
K. Coleby, C30-00-00000
Z. Bush, F10-00-00000
D. Green, F10-00-00000
D. Bowles, GDid Not Play
R. Holland, GDid Not Play
S. Morris, FDid Not Play
J. Simon, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5022-3432161477
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Savannah St.0-03-2174
Coppin St.0-02-2146
Florida A&M0-02-3124
Morgan St.0-02-3189
S.C. State0-02-3296
N.C. Central0-01-3198
Norfolk St.0-01-4266
Md.-E. Shore0-00-4341
Delaware St.0-00-5337
N.C. A&T0-00-6283

Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
So. Illinois0-05-021
N. Iowa0-02-175
Wichita St.0-02-1130
Indiana St.0-03-2251
Illinois St.0-02-3172
Missouri St.0-00-4282
Other games
UAPB 61 Final
CONN 82 Final
STHR 56 Final
IAST 79 Final
GMU 67