Samajae Haynes-Jones, Shockers take down Baylor

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU) -- Wichita State played the perfect first half, then survived an imperfect second to defeat Baylor, 71-63, Saturday night at a sold-out Charles Koch Arena.

The Shockers used first-half runs of 12-0, 18-1 and 11-0 to build an eye-opening 43-9 lead. Visiting Baylor countered with runs of 11-2, 9-0 and 16-1 after halftime to claw within 60-55 at the 3:47-mark.

However, WSU's Erik Stevenson scored off a baseline inbound, and Samajae Haynes-Jones converted a three-point play in transition to restore order and preserve and statement win for the young Shockers.

Haynes-Jones led all scorers with 21 points and set career-highs with six three-pointers and 10 rebounds. It was the senior's first career double-double.

Stevenson added 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting for WSU (4-3), which won back-to-back games and moved over the .500-mark for the first time this year.

Markis McDuffie scored 15 points to move with 10 points of 1,000 for his career.

Tristan Clark and Mario Kegler paced Baylor with 12 points each. King McClure added 10 for the Bears, who were making the first appearance by a

The win gives WSU a sweep of its two-year home-and-home series with Baylor. The Shockers won in Waco last year and now lead the all-time series, 4-2.

WSU outrebounded Baylor, 44-37. Neither offense shot better than 40 percent from the field. The Shockers finished up at 39.4 percent (10-of-32 from deep) to Baylor's 37.1 percent (4-of-22 from long range).

The Shockers never trailed, scoring the game's first 12 points while holding Baylor scoreless until the 13:26-mark. Dexter Dennis made back-to-back layups and Haynes-Jones hit two-consecutive three-pointers. Mark Vital got Baylor on the board, at least, with a layup.

The Bears opened the game 1-of-14 from the field.

McDufffie's three capped another 6-0 Shocker run and made it an 18-2 game with 10:15 to go in the half.

Baylor remained stuck at two points until Clark's dunk at the 8:44-mark.

Over a stretch of just under three minutes late in the first half, the Shockers hit six-straight three-point attempts (three by Haynes-Jones and three by Stevenson) to push a 16-point lead to 31.

Jaime Echenique's slam ballooned the lead to 33 with 2:40 to go in the half, 42-9.
The Shockers went into halftime with a 44-15 lead, shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond-the-arc while holding Baylor to just 21 percent from the floor and eight percent from long range. Wichita State drilled nine threes in the half compared to just one for the visitors.

The Shockers committed 11 of their 15 turnovers in the second half, during which they shot just 33.3 percent (1-of-9 from three).

Haynes-Jones (15 points) and Stevenson (11 points) paced WSU in scoring in the opening frame, with Haynes-Jones also snagging a game-best nine rebounds.

The Bears outscored the Shockers 20-6 over the first eight minutes of the second half to cut the lead to 52-35 with 12:10 remaining.

Stevenson answered for WSU with a layup and a fast-break dunk to temporarily swing momentum back to the home bench.

Baylor countered with another 16-1 run to cut the Shocker lead to five at 60-55 after a layup from King McClure with 3:47 to go in the half.

Stevenson converted a hook shot off a baseline inbounds pass, and Haynes-Jones followed with a three-point play to restore order with 2:16 to go. Baylor would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

*Jaime Echenique grabbed nine rebounds. He's the first Shocker to open a season with blocks in each of the first seven games since Cliff Levingston (1980-81).
*Ricky Torres finished with three assists but also recorded his first turnover. He has a 15:1 ratio for the season.
*Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler played a career-high nine minutes off the bench and tallied three points, four rebounds and three assists.
*A sellout crowd of 10,506 was WSU's first of the year at Charles Koch Arena.
*Gregg Marshall moved to within 16 wins of 500 for his career. He's 484-184 (.725) in 21 seasons.
*Marshall improved to 7-4 against the Big 12 as Shocker head coach with wins in seven of the last nine encounters.

Up Next:
The Shockers travel to Oklahoma City next Saturday to face Oklahoma at Chesapeake Energy Arena – home of the NBA's Thunder. The 11 a.m. CT tip airs on ESPNU.