(WICHITA, Kan.) — Wichita State reached perfection.
The 2nd ranked Shockers beat Missouri State 68-45 Saturday, to become the first team since St. Joseph’s in 2004 to finish the regular season with a perfect record.
“It seems like the season started about three weeks ago as opposed to months ago,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. “It’s been incredible. They’ve met every challenge.”
Wichita State (31-0, 18-0 Missouri Valley Conference) is having the best start to a season since the 1990-91 UNLV Running Rebels, which went 34-0 before losing in the national title game.
Cleanthony Early scored a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds for the Shockers, which held Missouri State to 31.4% shooting for the game.
Missouri State (19-11, 9-9) was never in the game. The Bears were behind by double digits from the 13:22 mark of the first half on.
Wichita State becomes the first team since Bradley (1985-86) to finish the season with a perfect record in Missouri Valley Conference play.
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