(CHICAGO) — Fred VanVleet did everything in his power to keep Wichita State unbeaten.
He scored 22 points to lead No. 3 Wichita State to a 88-74 win over Loyola of Chicago.
“Every single night in college basketball when you’re playing another Division I program is a potential loss,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said, “especially on the road. These guys find a way.”
Cleathony Early added 18 points for Wichita State (28-0, 15-0 MVC) who became the 19th school to begin a season with 28 straight victories.
Wichita State and top-ranked Syracuse began play Wednesday night as the last unbeaten Division I schools. The Orange fell to Boston College 62-59 in overtime, leaving the Shockers as the last undefeated team standing.
Milton Doyle scored 18 points for Loyola (9-18, 4-11), which has lost three straight. Wichita State opened up the second half on an 11-2 run which all but put away the Ramblers.
The Shockers can clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title with a victory at home against Drake on Saturday night.
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