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