No. 8 Wichita State beats UConn 72-62 in AAC debut

Posted: Updated:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -

Landry Shamet scored 16 points to lead No. 8 Wichita State to a 72-62 victory over UConn on Saturday in the Shockers' first American Athletic Conference game.

Rashard Kelly, Conner Frankamp and Austin Reaves each added 11 points for Wichita State (11-2, 1-0) which has won three straight.

Jalen Adams and Terry Larrier each had 18 points for the Huskies (7-6, 0-1), who have lost three in a row and four of their last five. Christian Vital chipped in with 17 points for UConn.

The Shockers led by four points at the half and the game was tied at 49 with just over 9 minutes left.  But Wichita State took control with a 15-6 run and held on from there.

UConn eschewed its traditional man-to-man defense in favor of a zone that gave Wichita State some open 3-point looks.

The Shockers went 12 of 25 from behind the arc, while the Huskies were just 3 of 16 from 3-point range.

THE BIG PICTURE.

Wichita State: The Shockers have gone 17 straight games without being outrebounded. They outrebounded UConn 47-34, including 17-8 on the offensive end.

UConn: The Huskies fall to 0-3 against ranked opponents this season. UConn lost to Michigan State 77-57 last month in the PK80 tournament, and fell last week at Arizona, 73-58. The Huskies have won just twice against ranked teams over the past four seasons.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies travel to Oklahoma to play Tulsa on Wednesday.

Wichita State: The Shockers will play their American Athletic Conference home opener on Thursday against Houston.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Royals lose ninth straight, fall to Rangers, 3-2

    Royals lose ninth straight, fall to Rangers, 3-2

    Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Rougned Odor homered and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

    Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Rougned Odor homered and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

  • Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip, beat KC 7-4

    Astros win 11th straight and finish 10-0 trip, beat KC 7-4

    Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a dominant 10-0 road trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Sunday.

    Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a dominant 10-0 road trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Sunday.

  • US routs Canada to win FIBA Americas under-18 title

    US routs Canada to win FIBA Americas under-18 title

    Cole Anthony scored 18 points to help the United States win its fifth straight FIBA Americas under-18 title and ninth in 11 years, 113-74 over Canada on Saturday night.

    Cole Anthony scored 18 points to help the United States win its fifth straight FIBA Americas under-18 title and ninth in 11 years, 113-74 over Canada on Saturday night.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE