Saturday , Dec , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

17th-ranked Shockers hold off 15th-ranked Orange

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Syracuse’s Demetris Nichols missed a layup in
the final minute, and Wichita State’s P.J. Couisnard rose up and blocked Eric
Devendorf’s three-point shot in the final seconds as the 17th-ranked Shockers
held off the 15th-ranked Orange, 64-61.

Syracuse (7-1) fought back into what had been a blowout with an intense full-
court press in the second half that forced a number of Shockers turnovers, but
the Orange were unable to hit the shots they needed most.

Kyle Wilson led the Shockers (6-0) with 17 points, and Sean Ogirri contributed
16 points. Phillip Thomasson added 11 points for Wichita State.

Terrence Roberts scored 14 and pulled down 12 rebounds for Syracuse, which
also received 14 points from Paul Harris. Josh Wright scored 10, and Darryl
Watkins grabbed 13 rebounds to go with his nine points.

Nichols had an opportunity to give the Orange the lead after forcing a
turnover, but he missed a wide-open layup, dropping the ball harmlessly off of
the front rim with 30 seconds left in regulation, and Syracuse was forced to

Wilson hit two free throws to put the Shockers up 64-61 with 13.2 seconds
remaining, but the Orange had one last shot.

Devendorf dribbled frantically around the perimeter in search of an opening,
but couldn’t find one, and Couisnard stuffed his three-point try. The ball
bounced out of bounds with only one-tenth of a second remaining, not enough
time for the Orange to get off a shot, and the game was over.

The frantic final minute was setup by a 21-2 run by the Orange late in the
game that erased a 19-point deficit, and knotted the game at 61-61 on a
Watkins layup just inside of the two-minute mark.

The Shockers silenced the crowd in the Carrier Dome early on, taking a
stranglehold on the game with a 39-25 first half.

Wright gave the Orange an 11-8 lead with a layup with 16:50 left in the
first half. It was the last lead that the Orange would enjoy on the night.

The Orange did not sink another field goal until the 5:35 mark of the half, a
span in which Wichita State unleashed a 27-1 run to take control of the game.
A Wilson three and back-to-back Ogirri treys put the Shockers up 35-12 with
6:44 left in the first half.

Game Notes

Wichita State hit 10-of-30 three-pointers on the night…Syracuse dominated
the Shockers on the glass, 47-34, and blocked 11 Shockers shots to only three
blocks by Wichita State…Wichita State continues to impress on the road,
after earlier road wins at reigning Final Four teams George Mason and No. 10