Shockers rout Bears 99-68, lead conference by two games

Ron Baker drives for a lay-up Thursday against Missouri State. The Shockers now lead Illinois State by two games in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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WICHITA, Kan. — Zach Brown scored 16 points and Wichita State routed Missouri State 99-68 on Thursday night to push its lead in the Missouri Valley Conference to two games over Illinois State.

The Shockers raced to a 51-27 lead at intermission and went 10 players deep into their bench before the dust settled. A dozen players figured in the scoring for Wichita State.

The Bears tied the game at 8-8 on Obediah Church’s jumper four minutes into the contest. Wichita State then kicked into another gear, taking a 10-point lead with nine minutes left in the half and doubling the advantage with five minutes left.

Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker each had 15 points for Wichita State (20-7, 13-2). The Shockers were 39 of 66 from the field (59.1 percent) and collected 13 steals.

Church had 14 points and Dequon Miller added another 12 for Missouri State (11-16, 7-8).