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Morris helps No. 17 Wichita State to 81-62 win over UCF

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DAYTON, OH - MARCH 15: Shaquille Morris #24 of the Wichita State Shockers reacts in the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 15, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shaquille Morris scored 19 points to lead No. 17 Wichita State to an 81-62 win over Central Florida on Thursday night.

Morris, demoted from his starting spot, was 8 of 10 from the floor in 21 minutes.

Darral Willis had 12 points and nine rebounds as the Shockers (16-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Dayon Griffin scored 15 points to lead Central Florida (13-7, 4-4). B.J. Taylor had 12 points for the Knights.

After getting outrebounded 22-19 in the first half, Wichita State outrebounded Central Florida 29-16 in the second half.

Wichita State led 39-31 at halftime. Griffin had 10 points in the first half, more than his season average for a game.


Central Florida: The Knights were unable to steal an upset on the road but now have two straight home games.

Wichita State: The Shockers avoid losing two straight games at Koch Arena for the first time since February 2011.


Central Florida: The Knights host Connecticut on Tuesday.

Wichita State: The Shockers host Tulsa on Sunday.