Early, Lufile lead No. 11 Wichita St. past ORU



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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Cleanthony Early scored 16 points, Chadrick Lufile had 14 and No. 11 Wichita State rallied from yet another halftime deficit to beat Oral Roberts 71-58 Saturday night.

Darius Carter scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, and Tekele Cotton added 11 points for Wichita State (9-0).

Shawn Glover had 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting for Oral Roberts (5-4). Korey Billbury had 12 points and D.J. Jackson had 10 for the Eagles.

Wichita State trailed 30-22 at halftime, extending a familiar pattern,

For the sixth time in seven games, Wichita State ended the first half with a deficit or tied. And like most of the previous games, the Shockers emerged like a new team after halftime.

After going 6 of 27 from the floor in the first half, the Shockers made nine of their first 12 shots after halftime.

Early had two 3-pointers to key a 14-2 run to start the second half and take a 36-32 lead. Wichita State then used a 15-3 run to make it 51-37 on the second of two straight baskets by Carter midway through the period.

Oral Roberts was never in contention after that. A layup by Cotton with 4:46 remaining put Wichita State ahead 64-46.

After shooting 48 percent in the first half, the Eagles were 8 of 26 (31 percent) in the second half. The Shockers outrebounded the Eagles 26-13 over the final 20 minutes.

Oral Roberts established its game plan early to start the game: Go to Glover.

The 6-foot-7 senior entered the game averaging 20.4 points and quickly hit two baseline jumpers to help Oral Roberts to a 7-2 lead.

Wichita State got back in it and eventually led 18-15 after Baker's two free throws with 7:13 remaining in the half.

But Oral Roberts went on a 9-0 run, including a turnaround, baseline jumper from Glover that gave the Eagles a 24-18 lead with 4:45 on the clock.

Glover scored six more points after that, including two free throws with less than a second on the clock that advanced the lead to eight. Glover finished the half with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

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