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Shockers win ugly

By Grant Meech
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:21:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 11:39:17 PM CST

Oh they will take the win, but the Shockers were none too happy with how they got it done Thursday night.

Wichita State pulled away late and eventually beat William & Mary 79-62 but it was too close for comfort.

"In a 40 minute game, we win by 17 and we trailed by at least 10 points in the game," head coach Gregg Marshall said after the game. "We finally played the way we need to play and my job is to do that out of the gate. I have to do a better job."

Marshall added, "thank Goodness for second halves." That was Shocker basketball. That was good defense, charging to the basket and getting some dunks in to get the crowd back in. The first half was not. If not for Cleanthony Early and his 14 points in the first half, who knows what the 39-38 deficit would have looked like.

Fred Van Vleet was great for WSU, and hit the shot when he needed to. Had a career high 18 points, 13 of them coming in the second half and was the main catalyst in the charge to gain the lead.

Players didn't elaborate much but said Marshall's halftime was speech was straight talk.

"Tell them they weren't playing very well and they need to play better," Marshall added. "...in a hurry."

"Came back out with a different focus and energy and played Shocker basketball a little bit more in the second half," Van Vleet said. "This type of performance is not going to get it done." 

No it won't, but it was good enough on Thursday night.

One win Tennessee State comes in Saturday before the Shockers get a break, a small one. They get Tulsa next Wednesday then will head to Kansas City for DePaul and the first round of the CBE Classic, in two Mondays.

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