Wichita State cruises past Southern Illinois

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, right, yells to guard Austin Reaves (12) after a play against Oklahoma during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – Conner Frankamp scored 14 points to lead a balanced offense as Wichita State led wire-to-wire and defeated Southern Illinois 87-68 on Wednesday night.

Landry Shamet and Markis McDuffie each scored 13 points, Shaquille Morris and Rauno Nurger added 12 apiece as Wichita State made 35 of 63 shots (56 percent) and 10 of 16 3-pointers. The Shockers (24-4, 14-1 Missouri Valley Conference) notched a ninth-straight win in their pursuit of a fourth consecutive conference championship. Wichita State has not lost since falling to MVC co-leader Illinois State Jan. 14.

Mike Rodriguez scored 15 points to lead Southern Illinois (14-14, 7-8) while Sean O’Brien added 14 and Thik Bol 10. The Salukis had only four assists in the game – two each by Rodriguez and Leo Vincent and were outrebounded 44-27.

Shamet led Wichita State with six assists, McDuffie and Rashard Kelly led with nine rebounds each.

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