Shockers Roll Past Drake


February 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

WICHITA, Kan. — Ben Smith scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense and help No. 19 Wichita State beat Drake 81-58 on Saturday.

Wichita State (26-4, 16-2 Missouri Valley) had already clinched the Missouri Valley championship entering Saturday, but celebrated its first title since 2006 with a victory to complete a 16-2 season.  The Shockers also avenged their only loss, a 93-86 triple-overtime thriller at Drake on Jan. 28, in their last 17 games.

Ben Simons scored 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs (16-14, 9-9).The teams traded runs in the first half, but Wichita State scored the last seven points of the half to take a 36-25 lead.Wichita State led by as many as 27 points in the second half.