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No. 9 Wichita State cruises past Houston 81-63

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) After watching his team get blown out fairly quickly, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson wished he had spent Thursday night at the movies.

He felt like he was in one as No. 9 Wichita State cruised past his Cougars 81-63.

''You know that movie `Gladiator'?'' he asked. ''I felt like one of those guys, like they just threw us in the middle of the ring with no chance.''

Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) made nine of its first 11 3-point shots, led by as many as 25 in the first half and by 32 with 6:32 remaining.

Landry Shamet scored 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead the Shockers - ''Easily the best player we've faced this season,'' Sampson said - but Wichita State had four players in double figures before halftime.

Starting guards Shamet and Conner Frankamp (15 points) were a combined 12 of 15 from the field.

Shaquille Morris scored 14 points for the Shockers while Markis McDuffie added 11.

Rob Gray led Houston (12-3, 2-1 American) with 13 points, six below his season average. He was 6 of 14 from the field. Corey Davis scored 12 points for the Cougars, and Wes Van Beck had 11.

Shockers players and coaches credited Zach Brown, a Houston native, with leading the defensive effort.

''Our guys really followed the defensive game plan,'' Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. ''Zach did a great job on Gray. Zach was tremendous.''

Wichita State led 53-32 at halftime, going 10 of 16 from the 3-point line to build that lead. The Shockers had 14 assists and five turnovers in the first half.

''We were doing a great job of moving and getting open shots, which Coach has been harping on,'' Frankamp said. ''That made a big difference.''

The Shockers quickly built on that monster first half. Shamet's dunk with 18:02 remaining gave Wichita State a 62-32 lead.

Brown's 3-pointer with 15:32 remaining was Wichita State's 12th 3-pointer of the game, three shy of the school record.

Marshall started inserting seldom used players off his bench with 9 minutes remaining.

''That probably hurt us a bit, took away the momentum,'' Marshall said. ''But it was good to be in that position.''

The Shockers finished 12 of 27 from the 3-point line while Houston was 4 of 15.

PROUD TO BE

This was Wichita State's first home game as a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Sampson lauded the addition, saying he has always respected the Wichita area for basketball since his days as the head coach at Oklahoma.

''There was an electricity in the building tonight,'' Sampson said. ''Wichita State will do fine in our league. They would be good in any league, 1-2-3 in any league in America.''

IMMEDIATE IMPACT

After missing the season's first 11 games with a foot injury, McDuffie was 2 of 10 from the field in his first two games.

McDuffie broke out of that slump quickly Thursday night. In his first minute of action off the bench, McDuffie hit a 3-point shot while being fouled, made the free throw and added another 3-pointer.

''I was just hyped,'' McDuffie said. ''I just kept telling myself that's what I do.''

That first minute was the highlight for McDuffie, who finished 3 of 7 from the field in 13 minutes.

BIG PICTURE:

Houston: The Cougars lost to a hot-shooting Wichita State team but get another chance at the Shockers on Jan. 20.

Wichita State: The Shockers have not had an overabundance of games looking like a top 10 team and needed one.

UP NEXT

Houston: The Cougars play host to Tulsa on Jan. 11.

Wichita State: The Shockers host South Florida on Sunday.

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Key Players
R. Gray
32 G
L. Shamet
11 G
30.2 Min. Per Game 30.2
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
46.6 Field Goal % 55.3
37.5 Three Point % 52.8
88.9 Free Throw % 84.9
  Offensive rebound by C.J. Keyser 30.0
  Austin Reaves missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
  Offensive rebound by C.J. Keyser 44.0
  C.J. Keyser missed layup, blocked by Gabe Grant 46.0
+ 2 Fabian White Jr. made jump shot, assist by Corey Davis Jr. 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Wes VanBeck 1:12
  Rauno Nurger missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:14
  Turnover on Wes VanBeck 1:39
  Offensive foul on Wes VanBeck 1:39
+ 1 Zach Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:50
+ 1 Zach Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 1:50
Team Stats
Points 63 81
Field Goals 23-56 (41.1%) 26-58 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 4-15 (26.7%) 12-27 (44.4%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 17-22 (77.3%)
Total Rebounds 36 35
Offensive 9 6
Defensive 22 25
Team 5 4
Assists 9 18
Steals 5 5
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 14 8
Fouls 24 16
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 1 AST
18 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Houston 12-3 323163
home team logo 9 Wichita State 12-2 532881
Team Stats
away team logo Houston 12-3 74.6 PPG 44.8 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo 9 Wichita State 12-2 68.7 PPG 40 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
00
R. Gray G PPG RPG APG FG%
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L. Shamet G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
R. Gray G 13 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
L. Shamet G 18 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
41.1 FG% 44.8
26.7 3PT FG% 44.4
68.4 FT% 77.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Gray 13 0 1 6/14 1/3 0/0 1 26 1 0 2 0 0
C. Davis Jr. 12 2 5 4/7 2/4 2/2 0 30 0 0 1 0 2
D. Davis 7 5 0 2/4 0/0 3/4 4 21 1 0 4 1 4
G. Robinson Jr. 6 2 1 3/9 0/1 0/0 4 21 1 0 1 1 1
C. Harris Jr. 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 0 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Gray 13 0 1 6/14 1/3 0/0 1 26 1 0 2 0 0
C. Davis Jr. 12 2 5 4/7 2/4 2/2 0 30 0 0 1 0 2
D. Davis 7 5 0 2/4 0/0 3/4 4 21 1 0 4 1 4
G. Robinson Jr. 6 2 1 3/9 0/1 0/0 4 21 1 0 1 1 1
C. Harris Jr. 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 17 0 0 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. VanBeck 11 6 0 2/3 1/2 6/6 3 17 0 0 1 3 3
F. White Jr. 5 1 1 2/5 0/0 1/3 4 23 1 1 0 0 1
A. Brooks 4 2 0 2/9 0/4 0/0 0 19 0 0 0 0 2
V. Sangoyomi 3 6 1 1/2 0/0 1/2 3 15 0 0 2 1 5
G. Grant 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/2 0 6 0 2 0 1 0
N. Zanna 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 5 1 0 1 2 1
M. Adewunmi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alley Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Brady - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Broodo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 31 9 23/56 4/15 13/19 24 200 5 3 14 9 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Shamet 18 1 3 6/8 2/4 4/4 0 22 1 0 1 0 1
C. Frankamp 15 1 2 6/7 3/4 0/0 2 21 1 0 0 0 1
S. Morris 14 6 1 5/8 2/2 2/4 2 20 0 0 1 1 5
Z. Brown 5 7 5 1/3 1/3 2/3 0 23 1 0 1 2 5
R. Kelly 3 2 3 0/4 0/1 3/4 2 27 1 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Shamet 18 1 3 6/8 2/4 4/4 0 22 1 0 1 0 1
C. Frankamp 15 1 2 6/7 3/4 0/0 2 21 1 0 0 0 1
S. Morris 14 6 1 5/8 2/2 2/4 2 20 0 0 1 1 5
Z. Brown 5 7 5 1/3 1/3 2/3 0 23 1 0 1 2 5
R. Kelly 3 2 3 0/4 0/1 3/4 2 27 1 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. McDuffie 11 0 0 3/7 2/4 3/3 3 13 1 0 2 0 0
R. Nurger 5 2 1 1/2 1/2 2/2 1 13 0 0 0 1 1
A. Reaves 5 2 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 1 0 2
C. Keyser 2 3 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 2 1
D. Willis Jr. 2 5 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 2 13 0 1 1 0 5
S. Haynes-Jones 1 2 0 0/5 0/1 1/2 1 17 0 0 0 0 2
A. Midtgaard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0
B. Barney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Malone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Herrs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 31 18 26/58 12/27 17/22 16 200 5 1 8 6 25