IOWA CITY, Iowa – Cleanthony Early scored 25 points, pulled nine rebounds and Wichita State claimed the Cancun Challenge tournament title in a 75-63 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night.
Wichita State (6-0) dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Hawkeyes 30-6. Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points and Carl Hall added 12 to help keep the Shockers perfect so far this season.
Four players scored in double figures for Iowa (5-1) but shot a dismal 26.1 percent from the field. Aaron White had 14 points, Eric May had 13, Josh Oglesby had 12 and Roy Devyn Marble chipped in with 11. Iowa lived at the free-throw line against Wichita State, making 31 of 39.
Iowa led 35-34 at half time but the Shockers went on a 21-11 run in the first 9:19 of the second half capped off with a three-point play by Hall to make it 55-46 and Wichita State never trailed from that point on.