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Ron Baker, No. 12 Wichita State take CBE Classic title over BYU

Nov 27, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

Ron Baker

Defense wins championships … and I guess that applies to early-season tournaments as well.

Wichita State held BYU to 30 percent from the field, which includes forcing Tyler Haws into 3-for-15 shooting, en route to a 75-62 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship win on Tuesday night at the Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo.

The game was close for the majority of the game, but the style of play started to lean more towards the Shockers’ physical style of play in the second half. Wichita State held the high-scoring BYU offense, averaging 93.2 points per game entering the game, without a field goal for the final eight minutes. The Shockers opened up a 68-62 lead when BYU’s Nate Austin was hit with a Flagrant 2 after an elbow hit Ron Baker in the head. Wichita State hit 7-of-8 free throws to end the game to pull away with a 13-point win.

Ron Baker scored a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers. Haws ended with 17 points, but most of that damage came from the line where he sunk 11-of-11 attempts. Matt Carlino gave BYU an early 13-point lead in the first half, connecting on 3-of-4 shooting, scoring 11 points in the first seven minutes. That hot shooting sparked the Cougars’ 19-6 start.

Carlino scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the first half and hit 1-of-6 attempts from deep after his quick start.

Wichita State has defeated every team by at least 13 points in each of its first seven games. The first two weeks of December offer two more challenges, with games against Saint Louis and Tennessee.

  1. shockertalk - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    The Shockers were DOWN 13 but ended UP 13.
    Their defense is legend (and Tekele Cotton held BYU’s Haws to 9 points UNDER his average), but their poise and depth are really showing up.
    If Gregg Marshall can coach well on the fly (and it looks like he can) he has the depth of talent to make another fine March run.

  2. alspector - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    make no mistake about it, i am the uber shocker fan. but cleanthony, how are you dealing with being the pre-season player of the year in the valley, but now look like the third or fourth best player on the team. third worst fg%, second worst 3 pt % on team and take more shots than anyone. scoring up very slightly on your final breakout year. imagine in two years when van vleet and baker are seniors…if they fill in the gaps on recruiting (cle and two mediocre centers leave the post) these guys are going to be real animals. i love ya cle, but dont think that you are the go to guy to load this team on your shoulders. i remember louisville, but i also remember a bunch of single digit games last year as well. viva shocks

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