Wichita State’s Marshall named coach of year

ST. LOUIS (AP) Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall has been named Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year for the second straight season.

Wichita State (24-7) is the second seed in the conference tournament this week in St. Louis.

Marshall has led the Shockers to a school-record four straight seasons with 24 or more victories and received 23 of 40 first-place votes from conference coaches, media and sports information directors in balloting released Thursday. Greg McDermott of regular-season champion Creighton was second and Southern Illinois’ Barry Hinson third despite the Salukis finishing last.

Evansville senior Colt Ryan was named scholar-athlete of the year for the second consecutive season. Ryan, who leads the Valley with a 20-point average, earlier was named first-team all-conference.