No. 6 Wichita State rallies for 72-69 win in overtime

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Cleanthony Early had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the No. 6 Wichita State rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit, knocking off Missouri State 72-69 in overtime on Saturday night.

Fred VanVleet scored 12 of the Shockers' last 13 points, including a game-tying free throw with 8 seconds left in regulation.

He put Wichita State up for good with a short jumper with 1:25 left in overtime, and added two free throws with 8.8 seconds left in overtime to put the Shockers up 71-68.

Early made a free throw with 1.4 seconds left to put the Shockers up 72-69, and stole a Missouri State inbounds pass at half court with 1.1 seconds left to seal the comeback for Wichita State (17-0, 4-0 Missouri Valley).

VanVleet added 16 points, and Ron Baker scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half.

Austin Ruder led Missouri State (12-4, 2-2) with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.


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