Dec. 1, 2011
Wichita, KS -
Junior forward Carl Hall's dominant play in the paint helped Wichita State (4-2) pull away from Cal State Fullerton (3-3), 75-60, Thursday night at Charles Koch Arena in front of 10,269 fans.
Once Hall and the Shockers, got rolling, the Titans had no answer for the big man in the lane, as Hall led the Wichita State attack with 19 points and a team-high eight boards. Guards Joe Ragland and David Kyles were also in double digits for the Shockers, as they poured in 15 and 14, respectively. Kyles pulled down seven boards for WSU.
Fullerton had three players in double figures and the offense relied on the shoulders of Omondi Amoke, Kwame Vaughn and D.J. Seeley, as the accounted for 40 of the 60 Titans' points. Amoke finished with 19 points, Vaughn with 11 points and Seeley scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Cal State Fullerton struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm and only connected on 4-of-18 (22.2%) from the three-point line for the game.
The Titans were able to shake off a slow at the start of the game as they finished the first half shooting 8-of-13 from the floor to cut the Shockers' lead to four at 30-26 at the break.
Hall's presence was felt early and often as the second half began, as he quickly cemented himself under the basket, resulting in seven quick points for the Shockers in the first three minutes. With Hall hitting eight of his nine shots from the field, Wichita State was able to find open shooters from behind the arc, as four of their five three-pointers came in the second half.
Crucial threes by Ragland midway through the second half helped the Shockers pull away and they were helped by crucial turnovers. Ragland finished 3-of-4 from behind the arc, with all three in the final 20 half.
Fullerton travels to Illinois for a Saturday afternoon game at SIU-Edwardsville.