WICHITA, Kan. - Koch Arena is not the place for Bradley to learn how to win on the road.
No. 5 Wichita State routed Bradley 72-50 on Tuesday to remain one of the nation's three unbeaten teams. The Shockers (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) led by 17 points at halftime and started the second half with a 7-0 run.
The scene had to look familiar to the Braves, who lost their fifth straight game at Wichita State. They lost the previous four by 12, 20, 37 and 31 points. Bradley (6-12, 1-4) fell to 0-7 on the road this season.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall used the blowout to rest his starters. He went to his deep reserves with around 13 minutes to play, although the starters did return. Three of those starters played 40-plus minutes on Saturday in an overtime win at Missouri State.
Wichita State outscored Bradley 23-8 at the foul line and that is how it pulled away in the second half. The Shockers went up 47-23 with four free throws from forward Chadrack Lufile and VanVleet's three-point play.
Wichita State raced to a 40-23 lead at halftime.
Wichita State made five of 11 3-pointers with freshman forward Derail Green coming off the bench to make two. The Shockers, often going to a full-court press, forced eight Bradley turnovers and scored nine points off those mistakes. They also outscored Bradley 13-3 at the foul line.
VanVleet led Wichita State with 14 points and five rebounds. He was one of three starters who played 40-plus minutes in Saturday's 72-69 overtime win at Missouri State. The Shockers rallied from 19 points down in the second half to win that one.
On Tuesday, the Shockers never came close to that predicament.
Bradley responded to an 11-4 deficit with a 7-0 run to tie the game. It took the Shockers some time to extricate themselves from Bradley's muddy pace, but they did with a 14-3 run. Carter started the burst with a short jumper and guard Nick Wiggins followed with a dunk.
VanVleet followed in his own miss, swished a trey and made two free throws to give WSU a 32-18 lead with 3:39 to play.
Lemon led Bradley with eight points. The Braves shot 36 percent (9 of 25) from the field.
NOTES: WSU G Fred VanVleet entered the game ranked second nationally with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.6. he tied a career high with his 22 points Tuesday ... The Shockers have won eight straight over Bradley, their longest streak in the 134-game series ... WSU is 5-0 in the MVC for the first time since 1982-83.