Cleanthony Early scored 21 points and Ron Baker added 17 to lead No. 16 Wichita State to a 93-50 victory over Emporia State on Saturday in the Shockers' first game since their Final Four appearance.
The Shockers cruised in their season opener against Emporia State, an NCAA Division II team playing for the second consecutive day, by shooting 51.7 percent and attempting 22 more free throws than the Hornets.
Baker led the shooting effort by going 7 of 9 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, while adding six assists. Fred VanVleet had 12 points and six assists for Wichita State.
The Shockers were 25 of 33 from the free throw line while Emporia State was 8 of 11.
Terrence Moore, playing in his hometown, led Emporia State with 15 points while Kaleb Wright added 12.
The most anticipated Shocker basketball season in recent memory is off and running with a 93-50 win over Emporia State.
Cleanthony Early led the way with 21 points for WSU. Ron Baker follows behind with 17. He finished 7-9 from the field, 2-3 from 3-point range.
#16 Wichita State (1-0) shot 52 percent from the field for the game, down from 54 percent at halftime. They had 17 points off Hornet turnovers at half. Finished with 29 points off 23 ESU turnovers.
Former Wichita-Heights' star Terrence Moore finished with 15 points in a homecoming with the Hornets. Pratt product Micah Swank didn't score.
Jenn Bates is at the game, she will have reports at 6 and 10 on Eyewitness Sports