KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wichita State doesn't exactly have hordes of fans at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
"A good win for us, with another big challenge tomorrow," WSU coach Gregg Marshall said.
DePaul (3-2) had few answers after a quick two-point lead that was countered on a flurry of defense and layups.
"I wouldn't say they went on a run," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said. "We went dry. We turned it over a few untimely times; we didn't score. They just kept gliding along."
It should still be a nice home-court crowd edge. But BYU looked awfully comfortable, hitting 10-of-12 3-pointers and overcoming a size disadvantage and massive second-half foul trouble in the win against Texas.
BYU lost last Wednesday at home to nationally ranked Iowa State. Had the Cougars not lost -- losing their freshman center in the final three minutes to an eye injury -- then the game Tuesday would be a battle of two Top 25 teams.
Not that BYU comes in cocky, either, after watching much of the Sprint Center nightcap.
Wichita State led 52-34 at halftime behind a flurry of inside baskets. The Shockers were in front of a homestyle crowd at Sprint Center.
The key trio for WSU was a combined 13-of-20 from the field.
No DePaul player had more than Tommy Hamilton's nine on 3-of-6 shooting.
And Purnell gave a seal of approval for Wichita State fans who are wondering if this year's team can get back to the Final Four.
"I think they're every bit as good," he said. "I really like their team."
NOTES: Wichita State tied the overall series with DePaul at 4-4. ... Wichita State was about four hours from home, playing in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic for the first time since 2009. ... This was the first time this year DePaul has faced a ranked opponent.