Wichita State holds on for 65-62 victory
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)—Clevin Hannah scored 15 points and Wichita State held off Missouri State 65-62 Wednesday night after nearly blowing a 25-point lead.
The Shockers (14-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley) led 43-18 with 18:19 to play, but the Bears (12-3, 2-2) put on a furious 31-8 rally to trail 51-49 with 6:02 left.
A 3-pointer by Missouri State’s Jermaine Mallett with 42 seconds left made it 63-61. Nafis Ricks hit the first to two free throws 12.2 second left but missed the second, making the 63-62. Graham Hatch then hit two free throws for Wichita State and Missouri State failed to score again.
Toure Murry and J.T. Durley each had 13 for Wichita State and Hatch added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Mallett finished with 21 points, Kyle Weems added 16 and Adam Leonard had 12.