(ST. LOUIS) — No. 2 Wichita State tied the 1990-91 UNLV Running Rebels for the most consecutive victories to start a season (34) by topping Indiana State 83-69 Sunday to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.
Fred VanVleet had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists and Tekele Cotton added 20 points to help the Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC) win its first conference tournament since 1987.
After falling behind 2-0 to start the game, Wichita State never trailed, but Indiana State did make a run in the second half. Trailing by 15 with 17:12 remaining in the game, the Sycamores went on a 14-3 run to cut their deficit to four. But with 10:08 remaining, the Shockers proceeded to go on a 13-0 run to all but seal the victory.
Manny Arop and and Justin Gant each scored 18 for Indiana State (23-10, 12-6).
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