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WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State went to the Final Four last year, yet there was something missing for that team: a Missouri Valley Conference championship. This season the Shockers were focused on not letting that happen. So after No. 3 Wichita State routed Drake 83-54 Saturday night behind Tekele Cottons 21 points and Darius Carters 15, the Shockers relished cutting down the nets to celebrate a conference title that seemed like a foregone conclusion some time ago. "It means a lot, it really does," said point guard Fred VanVleet, who had 15 points and six assists. "Its something we didnt do last year. Its special, and we appreciate it. But, at the same time, we have more goals ahead of us." Wichita State (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley) is the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05 and is two wins away from a perfect regular season. The Shockers cruised despite leading scorer Cleanthony Early being held to a season-low three points and Ron Baker only scoring six, less than half his season average. Daddy Ugbede scored 14 points, Jordan Daniels had 13 and Aaron Hawley 10 for Drake (14-14, 5-11), which had more turnovers (20) than field goals (18). Drake coach Ray Giacoletti can compare this seasons Wichita State team to that of a year ago. He was an assistant at Gonzaga last season, and the top-seeded Bulldogs lost to the Shockers in the NCAA Tournament. "Its a much better basketball team now than it was at that time," Giacoletti said. "Ive been doing this 29 years and have been around a lot of great teams that try to outscore you and out-talent you. This team tries to out-tough you in every single facet and really doesnt care about the other stuff." That toughness was flaunted in a 31-4 run Wichita State wrapped around halftime, an onslaught so complete that the Shockers completed the 14-1 portion to start the second half without Drake even attempting a field goal. After trailing early, the Bulldogs held the Shockers scoreless for over 3 minutes, going on a 9-0 run capped by Hawleys backdoor layup for a 15-14 lead with 9:18 remaining in the first half. To make matters worse for Wichita State, Early was on the bench with two fouls and Baker soon joined him with his second. But Wichita State started the game-turning run behind Carter, a reserve who scored four straight before the Shockers started a parade of baskets at the rim. "I thought Darius gave us a huge lift tonight," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. "He was really active." VanVleet and Cotton had layups. Cotton and Nick Wiggins had back-to-back slams. VanVleets 3-pointer helped Wichita State lead 31-18 at halftime. The Shockers roll only gained momentum to start the second half. After Drakes Seth VanDeest made a free throw, Wichita State scored 14 straight. Cotton and Carter converted three-point plays to get it started and Carter had another slam. And Kadeem Coleby and VanVleet put back offensive rebounds, bringing roars from the crowd. The Shockers led 45-19 with 16:35 remaining, and Drake seemed befuddled. Much of that had to do with Cotton, who had seven steals in the game. "Was there two Tekele Cottons out there?" Marshall asked, joking. "It sure seemed like it." Cotton said his approach was simple. "I just try to get in position where they dont see me," he said. "Sometimes I can get in the passing lanes and get it. Sometimes, I dont." Hawley ended the run with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later, the Bulldogs first shot attempt of the half. 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It started with a shocking 62-57 loss to Stony Brook and carried into Pac-12 play with Fridays 81-75 loss at California. Stanford holds a narrow 71-69 lead in the all-time series with Washington, with the Huskies closing the gap with wins in eight of the last 10 meetings, including the last one, a 64-60 decision last February. The Huskies simply couldnt contain Cals Jordan Mathews, who erupted for 31 points in leading the Golden Bears to victory at home on Friday. Washington also had a tough time with Cals David Kravish, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in knocking off UW. The setback spoiled a terrific performance by Nigel Williams-Goss, who had a near triple-double with 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Three other Huskies joined Williams-Goss in scoring double digits, with Robert Upshaw puttting up 16 points off the bench, followed by Jernard Jarreau and Andrew Andrews, with 12 and 10 points, respectively.dddddddddddd Williams-Goss is the key to Washingtons success this season. The sophomore guard is picking up right where he left off last year (All-Pac 12 freshman selection), as he is both a potent scorer and deft distributor, leading the team in both categories with 14.0 points and 6.8 assists per outing. Andrews (11.8 ppg) and Upshaw (11.2 ppg) are also sporting double-figure scoring totals, with Upshaw leading the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg). Shawn Kemp Jr. (9.8 ppg) is eager to join the group. The Cardinal possess a veteran nucleus, as the starting lineup features three seniors and two juniors. One of those seniors is star guard Chasson Randle, who is among the Pac-12s most explosive scorers at a hefty 18.4 ppg. Fifth- year seniors Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown provide stability up front. The 6-11 Nastic is converting 50 percent of his shots and is averaging 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Brown, a 6-6 swingman, nets 13.9 ppg and is tops on the team in rebounding with 7.1 rpg. Stanford took a three-point lead into halftime (27-24) and distanced itself from Washington State by shooting a scorching .640 from the floor over the final 20 minutes to earn a 15-point victory in its Pac-12 opener. Randle poured in a game-high 18 points. Nastic added 16 to the cause, while Brown recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rosco Allen completed the top scoring threats for Stanford, with 10 points off the bench. ' ' '
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