Shockers Put Charge in Iowa

A complete postgame wrap from Hawkeye Insider after Iowa's loss to Wichita State on Tuesday night at the Spring Center in KC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A partisan Wichita State crowd applauded as Coach Gregg Marshall emptied his bench in the final minutes on Tuesday night. They got a few minutes of hooting and hollering for the back-ups during garbage time.

It's a scene you often see going the other way when a Missouri Valley Conference team faces a program from the Big Ten. It's becoming clearer that Iowa has got a long way to go to reach the level expected of teams from its league.

The Shockers overpowered Iowa in the second half, cruising to a 74-57 victory here at the Sprint Center. The Hawkeyes finished 1-3 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic after this setback in the consolation game.

"I'm just proud for my team," Marshall said. "I know coach (Todd) Lickliter is going through some hard times now trying to build this thing the right way and he will do that. But in the history books it will go down for a win for us against Iowa, Iowa basketball and the Big Ten."

Iowa continued making the wrong kind of history, dropping to 1-4 for the first time since the 1929-30 season. That Hawkeye team began 1-6 and finished at 4-13.

"As I've stated before, I like this team," Lickliter said. "They have a chance to be good. But they don't have a chance to be good if they're not willing to fight for it. It's going to take a high level of competitiveness for us to be good.; a high level of concentration and commitment.

"If we're passive or if we accept…we cannot accept a very high degree of ineffectiveness."

Cully Payne scored a career-high 18 points and handed out four assists for Iowa. Fellow freshman Brennan Cougill chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.

Tuesday was Iowa's fifth game in 10 days, but the players did not feel that played into their two large losses here this week. The Hawkeyes fell to Texas, 85-60, on Monday.

"We came out with a different kind of energy in the second half than we did in the first half," Cougill said. "The first half we were real passive. We never really looked to attack."

Wichita State held a 44-30 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes knocked their deficit down to seven with 14:58 to play in the game. Payne scored 6 points in a 12-5 run to start the half.

Iowa hung around for the next 5 minutes but not getting closer than within seven points of the lead. The Shockers grabbed control with a 9-2 run starting at the 9:53 mark that gave them a 66-50 lead with 6:15 remaining in the game.

The Hawkeyes never recovered.

"This game got away from us early," Lickliter said. "If they would have scored 34 in the first half like they did in the second, it would be a different ballgame. We were a step behind.

"Give them credit. They would penetrate and spot up. I just thought we were a step behind all night. Give our guys credit for fighting back, but that's what happens when you let the game get away from you a little bit early."

Wichita State grabbed nine offensive rebounds, including two key boards before a 3-pointer from Toure' Murry that put the game away.

"And they didn't miss that many shots," Lickliter said. "So, you know they were running them down. As far as maintaining our position defensively on the rebound I thought this was maybe our poorest effort of the year. Maybe that's because of their speed."


-Payne had an ice pack his hand after the game but said it was just a bruise.

-The Shockers connected on 17 of 28 (60.7 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 8 of 12 (66.7) on treys. In Monday's second half against Texas, the Longhorns shot 18 of 27 on field goals. That was a combined 35 for 55 (64 percent) in two quarters against Iowa.

-Lickliter was upset with the officials at the end of the first half. He felt like there was a travel on WS players. Coach was barking at the officials after his team headed to the locker room and they asked him to leave the floor.

-Aaron Fuller did not play Tuesday night after playing just one a night earlier against Texas. The sophomore, who started the first two games of the season, sprained his ankle Friday against Bowling Green. Lickliter said Fuller's ankle did not react well to playing on Monday.

"He just couldn't move," Lickliter said. "I wasn't going to compound it by putting him in there."

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