Wichita State expected a zone defense against Baylor, and simply, the Shockers shot out of it.
In the span of three minutes, WSU’s Erik Stevenson and Samajae Haynes-Jones combined for three-pointers on six consecutive possessions.
Stevenson and Haynes-Jones went on an 18-3 run, pushing the Shockers ahead to a 29-point first half lead.
The Shockers put on an offensive clinic while also reintroducing some of Gregg Marshall’s traditional defense. WSU forced Baylor to nine first-half turnovers.
The Bears racked up six turnovers before scoring a basket. The Shockers quickly rolled out a double-digit lead, but gave the lead away in the second half. Baylor cut a once 33-point deficit down to seven with four minutes left to play. King McClure had a breakaway layup after a steal from Samajae Haynes-Jones with under four minutes to play to cut the game to five points forcing WSU Head Coach Gregg Marshall to call a timeout.
Hayunes-Jones responded, racing down the court on a Baylor turnover to finish at the rim for a lay-up and making the free throw to convert the three-point play. The Shocker put the game out of reach going up 10 points with under three minutes left to play.
Haynes-Jones finished with a game-high 21 points. Stevenson finished with 17, short of his career-high 21 po0ints the freshman scored against Rice on Sunday. The duo scored 26 of their 38 points in the first half.
WSU forward Jaime Echenique became the first Shocker to block a shot in each of the first seven games of a season since Cliff Levingston in 1981.
Markis McDuffie scored 15 points. He’s currently 10 points from 1,000 career points with WSU.
WSU won the game 71-63.
Baylor lost in its first road game of the season, and the Shockers won to improve their record to a game above .500.
Since 2013, Baylor has only lost three times in the month of December. Two of those three losses are by Wichita State.
WSU will travel to Oklahoma City for the second of two Big 12 contests. They play Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
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