The Shockers pulled down the curtains on the Blue Demons, running and leaping to a 90-72 win against DePaul in the semifinals of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Wichita State (6-0) plays BYU (5-1) in the title game Tuesday.
DePaul (3-2) had few answers after a quick two-point lead that was countered on a flurry of defense and layups.
Wichita State should edge a nice home-court crowd edge in the tournament final. BYU beat Texas 86-82 Monday, hitting 10 of 12 3-pointers and overcoming a size disadvantage and massive second-half foul trouble.
Cotton had 13 points and five rebounds in the first half. Baker produced 11 first-half points to help extend a 27-21 lead to as many as 17 points with 5:38 left in the first half on a basket by forward Cleanthony Early.
The key trio for Wichita State -- Cotton, Baker and Early -- was a combined to shoot 13-for-20 from the field before the break. They finished 19-for-29.
Center Tommy Hamilton led DePaul with nine first-half points on 3-of-6 shooting.
NOTES: With the win, Wichita State evened the series with DePaul at 4-4. ... The Shockers played in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic for the first time since 2009. ... DePaul faced a ranked opponent for the first time this season.