Wichita State efficiently routs Missouri-Kansas City, 109-57

Taylor Eldridge, The Wichita Eagle on

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On perhaps another night, the story of the game would have been Shamet successfully recovering from offseason foot surgery in time for the season opener. He scored 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including four 3-pointers, and recorded two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

Willis finished with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Morris added 16 points and Nurger had 11.

Wichita State's defense held UMKC 27 percent shooting, and the Roos scored only four points in the paint. Wichita State scored 47 points in the paint.

After seven minutes in the second half, Wichita State had built a 50-point lead and the sellout crowd began filtering out of Koch Arena.

The final seven minutes finally gave Marshall ammunition he will surely use to motivate his team in the pursuit of perfection. But the unforced turnovers, missed defensive assignments and missed box-outs occurred with the Shockers holding nearly a 60-point lead.

The crowd still found entertainment in the second half whenever freshman big man Asbjorn Midtgaard, already a fan favorite, touched the ball. He scored on his first touch, using a pump fake and a nifty up-and-under move to score two.

Wichita State was also chasing the school record for 3-pointers in a game at 15, a mark it has hit twice. Shamet gave WSU its 13th 3-pointer with 5:02 remaining, but it did not make another.

While Marshall decided to use Midtgaard, he decided to use a redshirt on the team's other freshman, forward Rod Brown, who was not in uniform for the game. Sophomore guard CJ Keyser was also not in uniform for the third straight time -- the school has said he is sitting out while he resolves a personal issue.

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