Wichita State crushes LSU to begin ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ tournament

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall reacts during the first half of a second round game against Miami in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall reacts during the first half of a second round game against Miami in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – Markis McDuffie scored 15 points to help Wichita State beat LSU 82-47 on Wednesday in the opening game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Landry Shamet added 12 points for the Shockers (5-0), who dominated from the tip and scored the game’s first nine points to quickly turn this into a rout. And they did it much like their first four lopsided wins, with a balanced deep and offense with seemingly no shortage of scoring options.

Three days after scoring 116 points in a game, 12 Shockers scored while the team made 9 of 19 from 3-point range (47 percent), shot 46 percent overall and dominated the glass.

Antonio Blakeney scored 12 points for the Tigers (3-1), who never recovered from that awful start. LSU didn’t manage its first point until the 14:32 mark, didn’t manage a basket until nearly 6½ minutes in and shot 28 percent for the game.

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