Ron Baker scored 23 points, making six straight free throws down the stretch, and No. 12 Wichita State held off BYU for a 75-62 victory Tuesday night in the title game of the CBE Classic.
Fred VanVleet and Cleanthony Early added 12 points each for the Shockers (7-0), who trailed by two at halftime but used hustle and physical play inside to wear down the Cougars.
Wichita State was clinging to a 68-62 lead when Baker was popped by BYU's Nate Austin, who was given a flagrent-2 foul and ejected from the game. Baker made both free throws with 45.3 seconds left, and then two more when he was fouled with just more than 30 seconds remaining.
The Cougars (5-2) were then hit with a technical foul on their bench for protesting a series of calls, and Baker tacked on two more free throws to put the game out of reach.