Martin leads Wichita State past Kennesaw State
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Ryan Martin poured in a career-high 19 points and No. 8 Wichita State needed every one of them, staving off Kennesaw State, 74-65, in second-round action of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
P.J. Couisnard donated 15 points and seven assists for the Shockers (9-0), who have climbed the college basketball mountain this season thanks to early- season victories over LSU and Syracuse.
The victory, albeit difficult against overmatched Kennesaw State (2-8), kept Wichita State unbeaten through nine games, tying a school record set in 1920-21 and tied two years ago.
Golden Ingle scored a game-high 26 points for the Owls, who played the Missouri Valley Conference power tough despite being in only their second year in Division I.
They actually led a shocked Shockers club by seven in the first half, and used a 12-0 burst late in the second half to draw within 59-56. Shaun Stegall's two free throws with 2:51 left capped the stretch.
Karon Bradley stabilized things with a driving layup on the next possession, triggering a 7-0 run that put the game away.
Wichita State held a slim 35-32 lead at the half.
Stegall contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss...Wichita State will face New Mexico in Las Vegas, while Kennesaw State will battle Maryland- Eastern Shore...Phillip Thomasson had 14 points and Bradley had 11 points in the victory...Wichita State shot 56.5 percent from the floor, while Kennesaw State shot 37.3 percent.
12/19 22:37:11 ET