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No. 11 Wichita State beats Arkansas State 89-80


LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 21: Samajae Haynes-Jones #4 of the Wichita State Shockers brings the ball up court during the second half of the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 21, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

Darryl Oumi

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Samajae Haynes-Jones came off the bench to score 27 points and spur No. 11 Wichita State past feisty Arkansas State 89-80 on Tuesday night.

Haynes-Jones, who had scored a combined one point in his last three games, had 18 second-half points for the Shockers (9-2), whose lead was trimmed as low as four in the final 3 minutes.

Landry Shamet scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for Wichita State, while Darral Willis added 14.

Deven Simms scored 30 points for Arkansas State (4-8), a 29-point underdog. Ty Cockfield had 16 points for the Red Wolves.

The Shockers trailed 57-48 with 17:11 remaining before rallying behind Haynes-Jones and Shamet.

Arkansas State fired its way to a 50-44 halftime lead, marking the third straight home game in which the Shockers allowed at least 50 first-half points.

The Red Wolves shot 62.1 percent in the half and were 10 of 16 from the 3-point line, including a missed desperation shot at the buzzer. Simms (15 points) and Cockfield (13 points) were a combined 10 of 15 from the field in the half.


Arkansas State: The Red Wolves are done with difficult non-conference road games and gained some confidence with a competitive effort.

Wichita State: The Shockers did not ease concerns about their defense, a program pillar, but avoided a terrible loss.


Arkansas State: The Red Wolves begin a stretch of three straight home games with Culver-Stockton on Friday.

Wichita State: The Shockers play host to Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night.