10:34 PM ET, March 28, 2013
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
LOS ANGELES -- Too big, too physical, too quick.Wichita State proved to be too much of everything for La Salle in a 72-58 victory Thursday night that put the Shockers into the final eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 32 years.They overwhelmed the Explorers with a 14-2 run to open the game that had La Salle playing catch-up the rest of the way. The Explorers trailed by 22 points early in the second half and by 20 late.
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MVPs: Wichita State forward Carl Hall set the tone in the first half, scoring 10 of his 16 points during his team's 14-2 game-opening run. Then guard Malcolm Armstead sealed the victory in the second half, at one point scoring nine straight points for his team to help thwart any hope of a La Salle comeback. He finished with 18.
X factor: The Shockers' defense. After holding Pittsburgh to 35.2 percent shooting from the field and Gonzaga to 35.6 percent, Wichita State did it again, frustrating La Salle into 35.7 percent. The Shockers also outrebounded La Salle by 21.
That was not shocking. WSU, despite being a No. 9 seed, didn't consider itself a Cinderella, and it never trailed en route to showing why.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-56 (.357)||30-67 (.448)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-18 (.389)||5-12 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-16 (.688)||7-9 (.778)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
|» Mar 28, 2013||@WICH 72, LAS 58||Recap|
La Salle made seven shots outside the paint Thursday, its fewest in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. La Salle entered Thursday's game against Wichita State shooting 41 percent on such attempts during the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. Ramon Galloway was 2-for-11 from outside the paint. He was 13-for-26 on such attempts in the Explorers previous three games in the tournament.[+]
La Salle Outside the Paint
Wichita State outscored La Salle 40-26 in the paint Thursday. The Shockers shot 43 times inside the paint, the most such attempts for a team in 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. The 43 shots in the paint for Wichita State were 11 more than it had in its previous two games combined.[+]
Wichita State Inside the Paint
La Salle had struggled inside all tournament but had been able to shoot its way to victory in its first three games, shooting a combined 51.6%. Today, the shots didn't fall, so La Salle did.[+]
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