DETROIT (AP) — Darius Carter had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 11 Wichita State rallied from a 10-point second half deficit to beat Detroit 77-68 on Saturday.
Ron Baker added 19 points for the Shockers (7-1), who went on a decisive 15-3 run in the final minutes. The Titans (6-4) fell short in their upset bid despite a 27-point performance by Juwan Howard Jr.
Carter had five of Wichita State’s 18 offensive rebounds. The Shockers eventually wore Detroit down with their rebounding and defensive pressure.
Wichita State has won three in a row since a Dec. 3 loss at Utah that snapped its 35-game regular-season winning streak.
Baker missed nine 3-pointers in a row at one point Saturday, but he ended that dry spell with a shot from beyond the arc that put the Shockers ahead 68-62.
Fred VanVleet had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Wichita State.
The Shockers made their first four 3-point attempts but followed that with a 1-for-15 stretch from beyond the arc that allowed Detroit to rally.
Wichita State led 35-31 at the half, but the Titans went on a 12-2 run to start the second. Howard made three 3-pointers early in the second half, and Brandan Kearney’s 3 made it 54-44 before the Shockers rallied.
Wichita State’s full-court press began to affect the Titans. Six quick points by the Shockers cut the deficit to four, and VanVleet eventually tied it at 60 with a free throw. Tekele Cotton’s 3-pointer gave Wichita State the lead, and Baker finally connected from long range to make it a six-point game.
Howard went 11 of 23 from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range. Matthew Grant and Paris Bass added 12 points apiece for Detroit.
Wichita State: The Shockers swept the five former Missouri Valley Conference rivals on their nonconference schedule. Wichita State already beat Memphis, New Mexico State, Saint Louis and Tulsa this season before outlasting Detroit.
Detroit: Howard surpassed the 1,000-point mark for Detroit. He now has 1,023 points for the Titans after scoring 316 in one season at Western Michigan.
Wichita State hosts Alabama on Tuesday night.
Detroit plays at Central Florida on Wednesday night.
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