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Turnovers prove costly for No. 23 Wichita State in 71-67 loss at Evansville

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In six days No. 23 Wichita State hosts No. 13 Creighton in a matchup of the two teams many believe to be the best in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Unfortunately for the Shockers, Evansville (11-6, 4-1 MVC) took full advantage of 22 Shocker turnovers in pulling off the 71-67 upset. The loss spoils the possibility of the Shockers and Bluejays meeting next week with perfect MVC records, and is also a reminder of what happens when you don’t take care of the basketball.

Colt Ryan led the way for the Purple Aces with 24 points and eight assists, but the biggest story of the afternoon was the fact that Marty Simmons’ team scored 27 points off of those 22 Wichita State turnovers.

The tally is a season worst for the Shockers, who entered Sunday’s game averaging 13.9 turnovers per game, a number that ranked second in the Missouri Valley. Malcolm Armstead, who scored 15 points in the first half, led the Shockers with 21 points and Cleanthony Early added 16.

For the game Gregg Marshall’s team shot well from the field (54% FG, 43% 3PT) and out-rebounded Evansville 36-21, but the turnovers and Evansville’s ability to make the Shockers pay on the other end proved to be the difference.

After an Ehimen Orukpe layup tied the score at 56 with 5:08 remaining Ryan would give Evansville the lead for good as he went on a personal 5-0 run to push the lead out to 61-56 with 3:13 to go.

Guards Troy Taylor (12 points) and Ned Cox (ten points) also reached double figures for the Purple Aces, and a Cox three-pointer with 1:48 remaining gave Evansville a 64-58 lead. Wichita State refused to quit however, as a layup from Armstead and an Early three-pointer pulled the Shockers to within one (66-65) with 46 seconds remaining.

But the Shockers were unable to capitalize on two different chances to tie the game, and a Ryan free throw with seven seconds left on the clock sealed things for the Purple Aces.

At 15-2 on the season (4-1 MVC) and Carl Hall reportedly close to making his return to the court there’s no reason for the Shockers or their fans to fall into “panic mode.” But today’s game will serve as a reminder of what happens when they don’t properly value the basketball.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.