TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker each scored 21 points and No. 14 Wichita State finished with a 26-6 run to shake free of pesky Tulsa for a 77-54 win Wednesday night.
Leading 51-48 after an inside basket by Tulsa's James Woodard, Wichita State scored the next eight points to force a Golden Hurricane timeout with 8:35 left.
Wichita State (5-0) has outscored its opponents by a combined 71 points in the second half the past four games. Tulsa (0-3) was 13 for 30 from the free throw line. In its two home games this season, Tulsa is 30 for 66 from the line.
Tulsa pulled to 10 points on a 3-pointer by Pat Swilling with 5:39 to play, but VanVleet and Baker took over the game from there. VanVleet notched a 3-pointer on Wichita State's next possession and Baker capped off the Shockers' next two trips down the court with a jumper and a 3-pointer to boost Wichita State's advantage to 71-53 with 3:26 remaining.
Swilling finished with 12 points, Tulsa's only scorer in double-digits.
Neither team could establish any kind of dominance in a first half that ended tied 31-all. Wichita State looked as if it would carry some momentum into the locker room when a pair of steals with under a minute left resulted in baskets by Evan Wessel and VanVleet to give the Shockers a 31-29 edge. Tulsa, however, took advantage after a Wichita State miss, with Rashad Ray streaking for a layup with 1.1 seconds left to tie it.