Wichita State 72, Missouri State 69 (OT)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- No. 6 Wichita State spotted Missouri State a 19-point lead in the second half. The Shockers won anyway and if every magical run needs an improbable comeback, they have theirs in the bank.

Wichita State needed overtime to beat Missouri State 72-69 on Saturday night at JQH Arena. The Shockers trailed by 19 points with 11:48 to play before launching their rally.

Guard Fred VanVleet did the scoring in overtime for WSU (17-0, 4-0 MVC). His two free throws with 3:24 to play gave WSU its first lead since the first half at 66-64. He made a layup for a 68-66 lead. His two free throws with 8.8 seconds to play made it 71-68.

Forward Cleanthony Early added another free throw for the Shockers and intercepted an inbound pass in the final second to end MSU's threat.

MSU (12-4, 2-2) withstood two significant runs by the Shockers in the second half. WSU started the half with a 7-0 run and the Bears answered. A 16-5 run got the Shockers within five points and the Bears fought back.

Guard Austin Ruder's 3-pointer, with a defender all over him, gave MSU a 63-55 lead.

WSU, down 19 points in the second half half, got within 64-63 on Fred VanVleet's three-point play with 47.7 seconds to play. MSU forward Jarmar Gulley drove to the basket and lost the ball out of bounds. Officials gave the ball to the Bears, thinking Shockers guard Evan Wessel touched it. After WSU protested, officials checked the replay monitor and gave the ball to the Shockers.

After a timeout, VanVleet drove to the basket and drew a foul with eight seconds to play. His first free throw completed the 19-point rally. The second rimmed out. MSU guard Dorrian Williams missed a 3 to force overtime.

WSU made 31 of 40 free throws.

Early led the Shockers with 22 points. Ruder led MSU with 17 points.

The Bears led 40-24 at halftime after closing the half with a 25-9 run that started with Ruder's 3-pointer.

Missouri State threatened to run Wichita State out the gym by making 8 of 14 3-pointers in the first half. Guard Marcus Marshall made 3 of 4 and led the Bears with 11 points.

Reserve forward Gavin Thurman, who did not play in four of Missouri State's previous five games, scored nine points against his hometown team. Ruder, a freshman, also made 3 of 4 3-pointers for nine first-half points.

Wichita State had not trailed by more than 13 points this season.

The Shockers made 8 of 22 shots from the field and committed eight turnovers, appearing rattled by the atmosphere before a near-sellout crowd.

Early led Wichita state with eight points in the first half.

Foul trouble also hurt the Shockers, forcing coach Gregg Marshall to end the half with a small lineup. Post men Chadrack Lufile, Darius Carter and Kadeem Coleby all picked up two fouls in the half.

NOTES: WSU improved to 4-2 at JQH Arena, joining Northern Iowa as the only MVC team with a winning record in the arena. ... Wichita State G Fred VanVleet committed a turnover in the first half, his first in five games. He last committed one against North Carolina Central on Dec. 22. ... MSU fell to 1-5 against top-10 foes. ... Missouri State has never beaten a team ranked as high as No. 6. ... Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall passed Gene Smithson for second on the school's career list. Marshall is 156-70 in seven seasons. ... No. 6 Wichita State is the highest-ranked NCAA Division I school to play at Missouri State. No. 13 Creighton was the previous high. ... The Bears have won nine straight games at home.

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