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Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead No. 15 Wichita State to a 72-48 win over Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday.
The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Northern Iowa or Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship.
Wichita State, which won the regular season title with a 16-2 mark, is looking for its first MVC tournament championship since 1985.
Eighth-seeded Indiana State (18-14) missed 20 of its first 22 shots. Dwayne Lathan and R.J. Mahurin led the Sycamores with nine points each.
The Shockers hit on nine of their first 12 shots on the way to a 20-3 lead after 8:13.
Ragland connected on six of eight shots from the floor and had five assists. Murry scored eight successive points in just under three minutes to push the lead to 32-7 with 4:42 left in the half.
The Sycamores went on a 9-0 run at the start of the second half before Ragland hit a 3-pointer.
Wichita State, seeded No. 1 for the first time since 2006, is looking for its third MVC title.
The Shockers have recorded three winning streaks of eight games or more this season. They have won nine of their last 10 against Indiana State, including three this season.
Indiana State eliminated Wichita State in the semifinals of the tournament last season.
Notes: Wichita State won its first regular season title since 2006. ... Stutz has 11 double-doubles this season, nine against MVC foes. ... Indiana State has won 17 or more games each of the last three seasons for the first time since the Larry Bird era (1977-79). The MVC has two teams in the Top 25 for the first time. Creighton is ranked No. 25. ... The Shockers are an NCAA-best 19-3 on the road since the beginning of last season
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ST. LOUIS -- Joe Ragland slouched on a bench in Wichita State's locker room, trying to make sense of another Missouri Valley Conference tournament disappointment. His few remaining teammates packed in silence. Ragland wiped his eyes, stunned the Shockers had lost at the Scottrade Center again.
He grabbed two black shoes and walked toward a group of pizza boxes on a table. He...
Indiana State thought it was prepared for No. 15 Wichita State. From the way their Missouri Valley Conference tournament game got started, it appeared they were anything but.
The Sycamores fell behind by 17 points in the first nine minutes before losing 72-48 to the Shockers on Friday.
''I felt like we were ready to go, but they put us on our heels right from the start...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead No. 15 Wichita State to a 72-48 win over Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday.
The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Northern Iowa or Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship...
The goal of reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time in six years continues to motivate Wichita State this weekend in St. Louis.
Hoping to further close in on that feat, the top-seeded and No. 15 Shockers try for a 10th consecutive victory Saturday when they face Illinois State in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
A year ago, Wichita State had...