LIVE BLOG: UCF vs WSU

Jan, 4, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, ; during a game between the Wichita State Shockers and Houston Cougars at Koch Arena ©Kelly Ross KWCH12

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FINAL:

Wichita State defeats Central Florida 81-62. Shaq Morris leads all shooters with 19 points, and earns his 100th career win as a Shocker. Rashard Kelly racked up 10 rebounds.

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2:18 2nd 74-60

Landry Shamet just missed his first two free-throws of the night. He's only scored 4 points on 2-9 shooting from the field.
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5:58 2nd 67-52

Shaq Morris falls to the ground. He limped off the court, grabbed at his knee while he was on the ground, stretched his hamstring off the court, and now he's walking into the locker room. If he's done for the night, he finished with a heck of a game: 19 points (8-10), 6 reb, 1 asst. It's also his 100th career win as a shocker, if it stands.
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8:16 2nd 63-49

Samajae Haynes-Jones hits his first field goal of the night on a catch-and-shoot corner three. He's 1-5 from the field with 7 points and 2 assists.

Shaq Morris just missed his first field goal of the night, on a one-handed dunk. He's still shooting 7-8 from the field, for 17 points. I'd take it.
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9:30 2nd 58-44

Shaq Morris makes two consecutive field goals for Wichita State, bolstering his stat line to 17 points, 7-7 from the field, 1-1 from three, and 2-2 from the line. Morris also has 4 rebounds.

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11:59 2nd 54-40

UCF scoring drought continues. Knights have not scored in last 3:02, and have missed all of last 6 field goals.

WSU is 5-7 of its last field goals, taking a commanding 14-point lead.

The Shockers finally took the lead in the rebound column, 29-28 (10-6 in the half), one battle this team wins nearly every game.

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16:16 2nd 48-35

High fives all around! Gregg Marshall walks out onto the court at the time out to congratulate his team on a 6-0 run in 52 seconds. UCF has not scored since 18:30 in the second half.

Shaq Morris leads all shooters with 15 points, shooting 6-6 from the field (1-1 from three).

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HALFTIME: 39-31

Despite leading by 8 with 30 at the half, this UCF defense is just overwhelming the Shockers. In every possible way.
Austin Reaves bullies his way through the lane to grab a few free throws, since they'll need every one.
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4:27 1st 29-18

UCF Head Coach Johnny Dawkins receives Technical Foul. Austin Reaves sinks the free throws.
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4:38 1st 27-18

Wichita state gives up three-consecutive offensive rebounds and Gregg Marshall clears the bench. Replaces Landry Shamet, Conner Frankamp, Shaq Morris, Zach Brown, and Darral Willis for Rauno Nurger, Samajae Haynes-Jones, Markis McDuffie, Rashard Kelly, and Austin Reaves.

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8:10 1st 24-16

Conner Frankamp keeps his three-point shooting streak alive at 40-consecutive games.
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8:41 1st 21-16

Darral Willis leads all WSU shooters with 6 points through one quarter of play, after finishing strong to the hoop on an and-one lay-in. He also has 2 rebounds.

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9:48 1st 18-13:

Haynes-Jones has a good look from the corner for three, no good, but Gregg Marshall told him to "shoot it" when he checked in. He's working on his confidence. He checks back out in exchange for Landry Shamet.

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11:45 1st 12-8:

Samajae Haynes-Jones picks up his first assist on the night, as he feeds Shaq Morris down low. He's been criticized lately for turnovers, but is getting minutes early in the first half.

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13:40 1st 8-5:

Shaq Morris checks in for the first time and is immediately set up with a lob-dunk!

Zach Brown brings the rim down! Gets the crowd back into this one, before it's silenced with a three-point shot at the other end. (6-5 WSU)

Darral Willis and Conner Frankamp check in for the first time
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15:52 1st 4-2:

Landry Shamet picks up his first foul on a reaching call, fourth team foul in only four minutes.

Markis McDuffie picks up the first two fouls, he's replaced by Zach Brown within the first three minutes.

Rashard Kelly beats the buzzer to keep the drive alive.

Rauno Nurger opens up the scoring with a hook shot.

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7:50pm

Wichita State (15-4 (5-2 AAC) hosts Central Florida (13-6 (4-3 AAC) after losing two consecutive AAC games to Southern Methodist at home and Houston on the road.

Notes:

Assistant Coach Donnie Jones was the UCF Head Coach from 2010 to 2016. He coached six of the remaining players, including star center Tacko Fall, who is inactive for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.

Tonight's Starting lineup for WSU:

Rashard Kelly
Landry Shamet
Austin Reaves
Rauno Nurger
Markis McDuffie