WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State to a 58-47 win over Loyola on Wednesday night.
Ron Baker added 16 points as the Shockers (19-2, 9-0 Missouri Valley) shot just 41 percent from the floor and 43 percent from the free throw line. VanVleet and Baker were a combined 16 of 28 from the floor. The rest of the team was 6 of 26.
Devon Turk scored nine points for Loyola (13-8, 3-6), which was held to its lowest scoring output of the season.
Wichita State’s shooting struggles started right away. The Shockers had 17 shots in the game’s first eight minutes but made just four of them, including a VanVleet 3-pointer for a 10-6 lead.
With Wichita State unable to convert shots, the Ramblers stayed close. Jeff White’s baseline drive and layup gave Loyola a 16-15 lead with 6:03 remaining in the half.