Rauno Nurger (pictured here during a first round game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament) led Wichita State with 14 points in 16 minutes on Friday night.
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WICHITA, Kan. — Rauno Nurger scored 14 points to lead a 54-point bench performance, and Wichita State easily handled South Carolina State 85-39 in a season-opening win on Friday night.
None of Wichita State’s starting five scored in double figures. Instead, Nurger’s 14 points led the Shockers in 16 minutes played. Markis McDuffie added 11 points and seven rebounds. Rashard Kelly, a starter, had nine points and nine rebounds.
Greg Mortimer led the Bulldogs with 14 points, and Eric Eaves added 10. South Carolina State made just 14 of 52 from the field (27 percent) and 3 of 16 from beyond the arc (18.8 percent).
Wichita State outrebounded South Carolina State 49-28 and won points in the paint 44-14. The Shockers have won 21 straight home openers and improved to 55-1 in home non-conference regular season games since November 2008.