Early and No. 5 Wichita St beat Illinois St 70-55
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Cleanthony Early scored 23 points at No. 5 Wichita State erased a halftime deficit to defeat Illinois State 70-55 Wednesday night.
Early added 10 rebounds as the Shockers (20-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley) remained one of three unbeaten teams in college basketball, along with top-ranked Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse.
Ryan Baker added 15 points as Wichita used a 22-6 surge out of halftime to quiet a crowd of 9,510, Illinois State's largest in three years.
ISU (11-8, 4-3) had won 10 of 13.
The Shockers made 11 of 27 from 3-point range, led by Early's 6 for 9. Illinois State made just 1 of 25 from deep.
Tekele Cotton scored 12 points for Wichita State, the last on a thunderous baseline dunk.
Illinois State was led by Daishon Knight, who scored 8 of his 12 from the free throw line. The Redbirds starters combined for just 11 field goals.
ISU shot 32 percent overall (19 of 59).
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