Wednesday , Nov , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Kangaroos hope to bounce past 17th-ranked Shockers

Wichita, KS (Sports Network) – The undefeated Wichita State Shockers have
earned the 17th spot in the most recent AP poll, and they will play host to
the UMKC Kangaroos tonight at Koch Arena.

UMKC claimed seventh place in the Great Alaska Shootout with a 79-75 victory
over Marshall on Saturday. That triumph snapped a three-game skid for the
Kangaroos, who are now an even 3-3 on the season. Clearly, tonight’s opponent
will pose the greatest challenge to UMKC thus far.

Wichita State has won its first four games, including a thrilling 57-53
triumph over LSU on the road this past Saturday. The Shockers have posted
back-to-back victories over teams that participated in the 2006 Final Four,
as they knocked off George Mason on November 18th. LSU was ranked sixth
heading into Saturday’s tilt, giving Wichita State its highest-ranked win
since 1967.

Wichita State owns a 3-1 edge in the all-time series with UMKC, including a
77-55 romp over the Kangaroos last season.

UMKC trailed Marshall 10-0 to open Saturday’s game, but the Kangaroos fought
back to post the hard-fought, four-point victory. Quinton Day was outstanding
in the victory, as he netted 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point
range and also dished out eight assists. Brent Stephens, who connected on 7-
of-11 field goal attempts, added 14 points for UMKC. Day leads four double-
digit scorers with an average of 22.3 ppg, and he is shooting a stellar 51.9
percent from behind the arc. Stephens adds 12.5 ppg to the mix, and his 5.2 rpg
lead the team. Dane Brumagin is posting 11.5 ppg, and Dominique Johnson is
contributing 10.5 ppg. The Kangaroos are netting 78.2 ppg this season on 47.3
percent shooting from the floor, including 43.2 percent from long range.

Wichita State trailed LSU by six points at intermission on Saturday, but a
stellar defensive effort in the second half enabled the Shockers to score the
upset. They limited the Tigers to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor over the
final 20 minutes. Five players scored in double figures to pace the balanced
Wichita State offensive attack. Ryan Martin netted 12 points to lead the way,
while P.J. Couisnard and Karon Bradley pitched in 11 points apiece. Kyle Wilson
and Phillip Thomasson netted 10 points each for the Shockers, who are averaging
69.0 ppg while limiting opponents to just 57.5 ppg. Wilson is scoring a team-
high 13.5 ppg, and Martin adds 12.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg to the mix. Sean Ogirri
(11.5 ppg) and Couisnard (11.0 ppg) have been solid offensive contributors as