Wichita State beats Indiana State, wins Valley tourney

Indiana State forward Justin Gant (5) fights for a loose ball against Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early in first half action during the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship NCAA basketball game between Wichita State and Indiana State on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
Indiana State forward Justin Gant (5) fights for a loose ball against Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early in first half action during the Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship NCAA basketball game between Wichita State and Indiana State on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored 22 points including several key baskets late to lead another strong ensemble effort and No. 2 Wichita State remained the nation’s lone unbeaten after defeating Indiana State 83-69 on Sunday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.

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Tekele Cotton added 20 points — with four 3-pointers — and Ron Baker had 14 points for the Shockers (34-0), who got tested in the second half before putting the title game out of reach with a 13-0 run capped by two 3-pointers from VanVleet that put them up by 18 points with 5:38 to go.

Wichita State matched the NCAA record for victories to start the season held by UNLV in 1990-91 with its third straight convincing tournament win after going 18-0 in the conference regular season. The Shockers won their first conference tournament since 1987.

Manny Arop and Justin Gant had 18 points apiece for second-seeded Indiana State (23-10), which has one of the closer calls against Wichita State with a seven-point loss at home in early February.

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