Wichita St. 73, N. Iowa 55

Toure Murry had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Wichita State

used a big second-half surge to beat Northern Iowa 73-55 on

Saturday night.

Graham Hatch had 13 points and J.T. Durley and Ben Smith 10 each

for the Shockers (21-5, 12-3 Missouri Valley), who remained tied

for first place in the conference standings with Missouri State,

which defeated Illinois State on Saturday.

Hatch’s 3-pointer with 10:09 remaining gave Wichita State a

53-47 lead and ignited a 23-1 run in a span of 8:15.

Murry had seven points and hit a 3-pointer during the surge.

Meanwhile, the Panthers (18-9, 9-6) went 0 for 9 from the floor and

committed four turnovers.

Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 15 points and Johnny Moran added 10

points and eight rebounds for Northern Iowa, which has lost three

straight without leading rebounder Lucas O’Rear, who suffered an

season-ending ankle fracture in a win against Illinois State on

Feb. 2.

The Shockers are 7-0 in conference road games, with each victory

by double digits.