#13 Wichita State downs UE Basketball - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

#13 Wichita State downs UE Basketball

WICHITA, KS (WFIE) -

Junior Egidijus Mockevicius tallied his 16th double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Purple Aces basketball team fell to #13 Wichita State by a final of 62-43 on Sunday at Charles Koch Arena.

Mockevicius hit 5 of his 7 attempts for his first double-double since the home game against Indiana State on Jan. 27.  Next up for the Aces (19-9, 9-7 MVC) was D.J. Balentine, who hit a pair of buckets and was 4-of-6 from the free throw line.

Three Shockers (25-3, 15-1 MVC) hit double digits led by Fred VanVleet.  He was 8-13 from the floor.  Ron Baker posted a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds while Evan Wessel scored 11.

Fred VanVleet opened up the game with a triple and the Shockers never looked back in the opening half.  VanVleet posted 18 first-half tallies for Wichita State while UE finished the period with 14.

VanVleet hit 7 of his 8 attempts in the period.  The Aces missed their first five shots before Egidijus Mockevicius got UE on the board with a dunk.  Wichita State was on from outside in the early-going as its first nine points came from the long ball.  Another triple from VanVleet gave the Shockers their first double figure lead of the day at 21-11 and they would go up by as many as 16 as another bucket by VanVleet put WSU up 30-14 at the break.

Evansville made just one of its final 13 shots of the period and shot 18.2% (4/22) overall in the stanza.  Mockevicius had nine of UE's 14 tallies.  VanVleet had 18 of WSU's 30 in the first half.

Wichita picked up right where they left off in the first half as an Evan Wessel bucket on a nice cut gave them their largest lead to that point at 35-18 four minutes in.  It would later hit 21 at 40-19 on a Baker layup with just under 14 minutes left.

The edge for Wichita State reached as many as 22 points before the Aces rallied in the late minutes.  Taylor Stafford hit a triple to cut the deficit to 15 at 48-33, but the Shockers regrouped to take the 62-43 win.

UE finished the game shooting 31.3% including 42.3% in the second half.  The Shockers checked in at 38.6%.  WSU also won the rebounding battle by a 40-37 final.

The road trek for the Purple Aces continues on Wednesday when UE faces UNI in Cedar Falls.  The Panthers were ranked 11th in last week's polls.  Next Saturday, Evansville will play its final regular-season home game versus Illinois State. 

Provided by UE Sports Information Department

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