WICHITA, Kan. The exhibition opener for the Wichita State men's basketball team was likely too close for comfort for most Shocker fans as a young, inexperienced squad took the floor against another school for the first time in front of 10,000-plus fans. Wichita State needed a late run to put away NCAA Division II Catawba, 75-64.
Jan, 4, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, ; during a game between the Wichita State Shockers and Houston Cougars at Koch Arena ©Kelly Ross KWCH12
Though the Shockers struggled to get into a consistent offensive flow, there were several bright spots to take away from what amounted to a high-profile practice. One shining performance was that of freshman guard Jamarius Burton who scored 16 points, second highest on the team behind senior Samajae Haynes-Jones with 19. Senior Markis McDuffie overcame a sluggish first half to finish with 14 points in 25 minutes.
No other Shocker finished in double digits, but nine players did score.
The work-in-progress Shockers open their regular season Tuesday (Nov. 6) at home against Louisian Tech.