WICHST
DAYTON

No Text

Shockers clamp down on Dayton 64-58 in NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tournament flash: Wichita State can play a little defense, too. Just ask the stunned Flyers.

The Shockers' powerful offense stalled out until the closing minutes, but their defense carried them through to a 64-58 victory over Dayton on Friday night in the South Regional.

Make it 16 straight wins for the Shockers (31-4) , who brought their reputation for piling up the points to Indianapolis, along with the feeling that they'd been slighted by their No. 10 seed.

They made the gritty plays in a game lacking style points.

''It was definitely something a little brand new to us from what we've seen in the Missouri Valley,'' said Zach Brown, who had 12 points, including a late 3. ''But I don't know - we've just grinded it out. It was a tough game.''

And they were the tougher team.

Dayton (24-8) came in with a wealth of experience, playing in its school-record fourth straight NCAA Tournament. The Flyers start three seniors and have five overall, with a lot of shared tournament moments. This one ranks at the bottom.

The seventh-seeded Flyers were held to a season low in points and shot a season-low 31 percent from the field. They also got rebounded 48-29 and had eight shots swatted away.

''Of course you've got to give them credit because they're the ones defending, but I think it's more about us,'' said point guard Scoochie Smith, who had 25 points. ''We just had to step up and make shots, and a lot of people on our team couldn't get their shots to fall, couldn't get a flow.''

Brown's 3-pointer put Wichita State up 51-45 with 5:38 left, the biggest lead by either team up to that point, and Dayton never threatened again. Landry Shamet led the Shockers with 13 points.

The Shockers haven't lost a game since Jan. 14, going two months with nothing but postgame high-fives. They have relied on their offense to carry them, averaging 82.1 points per game. Feeling slighted by their tournament seed, they showed they're more than a one-trick team.

''All in all, it was a big grind,'' Brown said. ''And I'm proud, proud of everybody.''

BIG PICTURE

Wichita State: The Shockers scored 80 points a school-record 23 times this season. Their 64 points on Friday matched their second-lowest total of the season, but they won anyway.

Dayton: The Flyers' experienced team includes three senior starters averaging double figures. Aside from Smith, nobody else did much. Smith was 9 of 17 from the field, the rest of the team 9 of 41 (22 percent).

A CLOSE ONE: The Shockers got used to winning comfortably during their streak. The victory on Friday was their closest call during the streak. All but two of the wins have come by 15 points or more.

SCOOCHIE SLIDE: Smith had all the style points for Dayton, including his slide on the back across the baseline after making a layup. He also had an over-the-shoulder pass for a layup that got the many Dayton fans chanting ''Scoooooch'' again.

EARLY SLOG

Aside from Smith, nobody did much of anything on offense in the first half, which ended with Dayton ahead 29-27. Smith had 15 points, going 6 for 10. Nobody else on either team had more than two baskets or five points. The Flyers shot 34.5 percent from the field, while the Shockers shot 35.7 percent.

UP NEXT

Wichita State plays No. 2 seed Kentucky on Sunday in the South Regional in a rematch from three years ago. The Shockers were 35-0 when they lost to Kentucky in the second round in 2014.

---

For more AP college basketball coverage: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2017 by Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
L. Shamet
S. Smith
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
13.5 Pts. Per Game 13.5
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
47.1 Field Goal % 46.8
44.6 Three Point % 38.8
80.2 Free Throw % 77.2
  Defensive rebound by Rashard Kelly 4.0
  Scoochie Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Markis McDuffie made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Markis McDuffie made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Darrell Davis 10.0
+ 1 Scoochie Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Scoochie Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Zach Brown 12.0
+ 1 Shaquille Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
  Shaquille Morris missed 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Charles Cooke 16.0
Team Stats
Points 64 58
Field Goals 19-48 (39.6%) 18-58 (31.0%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 20-27 (74.1%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 48 29
Offensive 11 8
Defensive 29 16
Team 8 5
Assists 11 11
Steals 0 6
Blocks 8 3
Turnovers 16 6
Fouls 19 23
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
11
L. Shamet G
13 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
home team logo
11
S. Smith G
25 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo10 Wichita State 31-4 273764
home team logo7 Dayton 24-8292958
Team Stats
away team logo10 Wichita State 31-4 81.0 PPG 45.2 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo7 Dayton 24-8 75.9 PPG 37.4 RPG 15.6 APG
Key Players
11
L. Shamet G 11.4 PPG 2.8 RPG 3.3 APG 47.2 FG%
11
S. Smith G 13.8 PPG 3.1 RPG 4.5 APG 46.8 FG%
Top Scorers
11
L. Shamet G 13 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
11
S. Smith G 25 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
39.6 FG% 31.0
30.0 3PT FG% 31.8
74.1 FT% 75.0
Wichita State
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Shamet 36 13 3 3 0 1 4 4 3/9 1/5 6/8 1 2
Z. Brown 25 12 4 0 0 0 1 1 4/5 3/3 1/2 1 3
S. Morris 14 10 6 2 0 1 1 4 4/7 0/1 2/4 2 4
M. McDuffie 34 8 5 0 0 2 1 2 1/8 0/3 6/6 3 2
C. Frankamp 24 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Shamet 36 13 3 3 0 1 4 4 3/9 1/5 6/8 1 2
Z. Brown 25 12 4 0 0 0 1 1 4/5 3/3 1/2 1 3
S. Morris 14 10 6 2 0 1 1 4 4/7 0/1 2/4 2 4
M. McDuffie 34 8 5 0 0 2 1 2 1/8 0/3 6/6 3 2
C. Frankamp 24 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Kelly 26 8 11 1 0 3 2 2 3/5 1/2 1/3 3 8
R. Nurger 12 4 7 1 0 1 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 6
D. Willis Jr. 14 4 3 0 0 0 2 2 1/2 0/0 2/2 0 3
A. Reaves 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 1
D. Smith 11 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0
Z. Bush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Barney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Keyser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Malone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 64 40 11 0 8 16 19 19/48 6/20 20/27 11 29
Dayton
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Smith 37 25 3 4 4 1 2 2 9/17 4/10 3/3 0 3
K. Pollard 23 13 2 3 1 1 3 4 4/11 0/0 5/7 2 0
C. Cooke 30 6 5 1 0 1 1 4 1/10 1/3 3/4 1 4
K. Davis 33 6 3 1 0 0 0 3 1/1 1/1 3/4 0 3
X. Williams 32 3 6 0 1 0 0 3 1/9 0/5 1/2 3 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Smith 37 25 3 4 4 1 2 2 9/17 4/10 3/3 0 3
K. Pollard 23 13 2 3 1 1 3 4 4/11 0/0 5/7 2 0
C. Cooke 30 6 5 1 0 1 1 4 1/10 1/3 3/4 1 4
K. Davis 33 6 3 1 0 0 0 3 1/1 1/1 3/4 0 3
X. Williams 32 3 6 0 1 0 0 3 1/9 0/5 1/2 3 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Miller 10 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 1
J. Cunningham 7 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Davis 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 1
J. Crosby 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
R. Mikesell 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
J. Gruden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bonsu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Westerfield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Antetokounmpo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Landers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parsley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Goines - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Kanieski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 58 24 11 6 3 6 23 18/58 7/22 15/20 8 16