Thursday , Mar , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

No shocker: Wichita State proves MVC worth with rout of Seton Hall

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Sean Ogirri scored 23 points and Paul Miller
added 15, leading Wichita State to an 86-66 victory over Seton Hall in the
first round of the Washington bracket in the NCAA Tournament.

The seventh-seeded Shockers (25-8), who won the regular season title in the
Missouri Valley Conference, are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time
since 1988 and hadn’t won a tourney game since 1981. They will next face
Tennessee or Winthrop in the second round on Saturday.

Seton Hall (18-12), one of a record eight Big East teams in the field of
65, fell behind early and never recovered.

Kelly Whitney scored 18 points to lead the Pirates, while Donald Copeland
chipped in 17.

Wichita State took control early with a 19-6 run.

A three-pointer by P.J. Couisnard snapped a 4-4 tie and Ogirri made the first
of his four shots from beyond the arc in the opening half to ignite the spurt.
Ogirri added another three and Karon Bradley’s three-pointer extended the
Shocker lead to 23-10 midway through the half.

Seton Hall trailed by as many as 20 before heading to the locker room down

Wichita State made 6-of-10 three-point tries in the opening 20 minutes and
shot 47 percent from the field overall, while holding Seton Hall to just 34
percent shooting.

The Pirates never really threatened in the second half, although they pulled
within 55-44 on a three-pointer from Copeland with just over 12 minutes to

The Shockers countered with an 8-2 run, highlighted by another three-pointer
from Ogirri, to open a 17-point cushion and cruise from there.

Wichita State finished 10-of-22 from beyond the arc, led by Ogirri’s 6-for-10

Seton Hall shot just 34.4 percent for the game and made only 6-of-20 three-
point tries. Jamar Nutter scored 15 points in defeat.

Game Notes

Ryan Martin chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for the Shockers…Wichita
State held a 44-36 rebounding edge…Seton Hall made 18-of-19 free
throws…The Big East and Missouri Valley are scheduled for two more matchups
in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as Georgetown will face Northern
Iowa and West Virginia will take on Southern Illinois on Friday.