Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/24/13
The Associated Press Gavin Thurman suffered through such a bad shooting slump earlier this season that he got benched for an entire game. On Wednesday night, the Missouri State freshman threw a scare into his hometown team, also the Missouri Valley Conference leaders. But his effort wasn't enough. Cleanthony Early scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Carl Hall added 15 points as No. 20 Wichita State calmly rallied from a second-half deficit to shuck aside Missouri State 62-52 in front of 6,448 at JQH Arena. The Shockers trailed 33-25 at the 16:13 mark of the second half. That was because Thurman scored 16 of his career-high 21 points over a stretch that covered both halves, part of a 19-1 run. However, Early and Hall got more active in the offense, and Wichita State built on its recent upset of then-No. 12 Creighton, whose 74-69 loss to Drake on Wednesday night did not go unnoticed. It allowed the Shockers (18-2, 7-1) to take sole possession of first place in the confer...
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