Wichita State had been having trouble getting started, stumbling against overmatched teams such as William & Mary and Tennessee State before pulling away in the second half.
The Shockers didn't waste any time putting away DePaul on Monday night.
Led by 21 points from Ron Baker and 17 from Tekele Cotton, the No. 12 Shockers used a big first-half run to seize control. Wichita State coasted over the final 20 minutes to a 90-72 victory in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
''Well, we didn't play great in the second half,'' Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. ''It's a 40-minute game, and the objective is to score more points than they do in the full 40 minutes, and tonight we were a first-half team.''
Cleanthony Early added 15 points for the Shockers (6-0), who knocked off the Blue Demons last year during a tournament in Cancun before marching all the way to the Final Four.
They're proving that inspired NCAA tournament run was no fluke. Wichita State has barely been tested this ...