Shockers finish off perfect regular season
Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - The colors of perfection are black and yellow.
Cleanthony Early led all scorers with 19 points to help No. 2 Wichita State complete a perfect regular season with a convincing 68-45 win over Missouri State in front of a sellout crowd at Koch Arena.
The Shockers (31-0, 18-0 MVC) are just the third team since 1990-91 to enter their conference tournament undefeated. UNLV (1990-91) went on to win the National Championship while St. Joseph's (2003-04) lost in the Elite Eight.
"I'm very proud of these guys, how they've handled this," said WSU head coach Gregg Marshall. "Every day they come to work. They work extremely hard. They're great young men. They're fun to be around. They deserve to be 31-0."
Only six of Wichita State's 31 wins were decided by single digits.
Early shot 5-of-7 from the floor, Ron Baker added 13 points on eight shots and Darius Carter went for 10 points and eight boards in a reserve role in the triumph. Fred VanVleet, named one of 10 Naismith Award semi-finalists earlier in the week, matched MSU's assist total by himself with seven.
Jarmar Gulley netted 15 points for Missouri State (19-11, 9-9), which took Wichita State to overtime the last time the two teams met on Jan. 11. The Bears never led in this one.
03/01 16:23:07 ET