TAMPA, Fla. It wasnt pretty and it took a banked-in shot or two, but the Wichita State mens basketball team ended its two-game slide with a 56-43 victory over South Florida on Tuesday at the Yuengling Center.
The Shockers improved to 16-3 overall and moved into a tie for fourth place in the American Athletic Conference at 4-2, while South Florida (8-11, 1-5 American) remained in last place. After losing, 54-41, in Tampa last year, WSU has now won in all but two venues in the American since joining the conference three seasons ago.
One year after WSU finished with just 15 first-half points at the Yuengling Center, the Shockers had an eerie start to their game on Tuesday. WSU missed its first seven shots of the game and was scoreless in its first nine possessions, failing to score until nearly six minutes into the game when Wade scored a layup with 14:14 remaining.