Wichita, Kan. Shaq Morris had 23 points, 13 rebounds in a 93-86 win over Temple.
Gregg Marshall gushed over the big man after the game.
"Shaq had 13 rebounds,"Marshall said. "Maybe his best game as a Shocker and he's had some good ones."
WSU’s 14-point halftime deficit was its second-largest ever in a victory. After surrendering a Marshall Era record 56 first-half points, the Shockers outscored Temple 51-30 over the final 20 minutes.
WSU’s win – coupled with Cincinnati’s loss at Houston – leave the Shockers two games back of the first-place Bearcats with two head to head meetings still to go. The first of those takes place this Sunday at Cincinnati (3 p.m. CT, ESPN).
Shaquille Morris and Darral Willis Jr. combined for 48 points on 18-of-21 shootin
Morris finished with 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Willis scored 24 points – one of his career-high – in just 23 minutes.
WSU reached 20-wins for the ninth straight year. The win was the 200th at Charles Koch Arena in the 15 seasons since its renovation. The Shockers are 200-35 in that span (.851).
The Shockers finished the game shooting 56 percent overall on 19 assists. Both teams only turned the ball over seven times apiece, but WSU outrebounded Temple, 3
Temple hit 16 three-pointers (another Marshall Era high) on 29 attempts. The Owls were 11-of-15 in the first half but hit just 5-of-14 the rest of the way.