Cleanthony Early scored 21 points and Ron Baker added 17 to lead No. 16 Wichita State to a 93-50 victory over Emporia State on Saturday in the Shockers' first game since their Final Four appearance.
The Shockers cruised in their season opener against Emporia State, an NCAA Division II team playing for the second consecutive day, by shooting 51.7 percent and attempting 22 more free throws than the Hornets.
Baker led the shooting effort by going 7 of 9 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, while adding six assists. Fred VanVleet had 12 points and six assists for Wichita State.
The Shockers were 25 of 33 from the free throw line while Emporia State was 8 of 11.
Terrence Moore, playing in his hometown, led Emporia State with 15 points while Kaleb Wright added 12.
The Hornets, coming off an 81-76 victory at Missouri-Kansas City on Friday, kept it close during the first 10 minutes.
Moore hit a 3-pointer and a driving floater in a 35-second span, pulling Emporia State ...