Scores

Final

AR-Pine Bluff 56

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Wichita State 61

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, November 13, 2007

    Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kansas

    1 2 T
    ARPB 28 2856
    WICH 35 2661

    Top Performers

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff: W. Byrd 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast

    Wichita St: G. Mekel 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wichita St. 61, Ark.-Pine Bluff 56

    Associated Press

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Gal Mekel scored a career-high 16 points Tuesday as Wichita State opened its season with a 61-56 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    It was the Shockers' first game under head coach Gregg Marshall. The former Winthrop coach replaced Mark Turgeon, who left for Texas A&M.

    Mekel, a sophomore from Tel Aviv, Israel, made 5-of-10 shots to lead the Shockers. Wichita State freshman J.T. Durley added 12 points, all of them in the first half.

    Marcelle Goins led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) with 14 points, Larry Williams had 12 points and William Byrd added 11 for the Golden Lions.

    Wichita State led 35-28 at halftime, but couldn't pull away from the Golden Lions in the second half.

    The Shockers took their biggest lead, 47-30, on Phillip Thomasson's 3-pointer with 15:42 left in the game. After a basket by Ramon Clemente made it 50-36 with 12:48 to go, Wichita State went cold and scored only one basket in the next 7:48.

    With the Shockers struggling, Arkansas-Pine Bluff went on a 13-3 run, capped by Jarvis Gunter's basket with 5:30 to play that trimmed Wichita State's lead to 53-49. But that's as close as Arkansas-Pine Bluff could get.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ARPB
    WICH
    Points 56 61
    FG Made-Attempted 22-52 (.423) 22-49 (.449)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 9-20 (.450)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-2 (1.000) 8-10 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 13

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