Wichita St. 65, Illinois St. 61

Toure’ Murry had 17 points and Demetric Williams came off the

bench to contribute 12 as No. 2 seed Wichita State defeated the

third seed Illinois State 65-61 in the semifinals of the Missouri

Valley Conference tournament Saturday.

The Shockers (25-8) are in the championship game for the first

time since 1991 and will face No. 1 seed Northern Iowa in Sunday’s

final.

Garrett Stutz had 12 points and five rebounds for Wichita State

before fouling out. Dinma Odiakosa had 15 points and Lloyd Phillips

13 points for the Redbirds (22-10).

Wichita State led just 55-51 when Murry drained a jumper with

2:05 left. JT Durley then hit the first of two free-throw attempts

at the 1:40 mark. He missed the second, but Stutz rebounded and put

it home to make it 60-51.

Illinois State closed to within 63-61 but could never get the

equalizer.