West Virginia beat Shockers

KFH Staff
November 28, 2019 - 9:33 am

Erik Stevenson matched his career-high with 22 points, but Wichita State’s bid for a second-straight Cancun Challenge title fell short Wednesday night with a 75-63 loss to West Virginia in the tournament’s championship game.

Stevenson’s 22 points came on 8-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-8 from distance.

Tyson Etienne added 12 points and Jaime Echenique put up his first double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 boards.

WSU (6-1) trailed by three at halftime but struggled to score consistently against the Mountaineers’ length. The Shockers finished the game shooting just 30.6 percent from the field and were outrebounded 48-31.

West Virginia (6-0) pulled away in the second half to win the battle of unbeatens. Oscar Tshiebwe led the way with 19 points and 18 rebounds, and Emmitt Matthews Jr. chipped in 13.

The Mountaineers’ 75 points and 41 percent shooting were the best by a Shocker opponent this year. WSU had held each of its first six foes under 40 percent and none had topped 63.

WSU committed just nine turnovers while forcing 13. The Shockers bested the Mountaineers 14-5 on points off turnovers but were outscored 30-16 in the paint.

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