Cleanthony Early

Wichita State remains unbeaten after road victory against Saint Louis

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The No. 12 Wichita State Shockers left Saint Louis with a hard-fought 70-65 win after 40 minutes of physical play.

The Shockers ended up coughing the ball up 18 times, were hit with foul trouble  and Cleanthony Early struggled for the majority of the game, yet they were able to make several plays down the stretch, and make some key stops to pick up an impressive road victory over one of the favorites in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Saint Louis took advantage of Wichita State miscues and Ron Baker sitting on the bench with three fouls to take a seven-point lead with a little more than six minutes to play. The Shockers hung tough, by battling on the boards, ending with a 37-28 edge and using zone defense made it tough on Billikens offense.

Late in the game, while its defense forced enough stops, while several players began to make plays down the stretch to remain unbeaten this season.

Four straight free throws cut the lead to 58-55.Then Early finally got going when he attacked the basket, getting fouled by Rob Loe, which was his fifth.Early connected on a jumper to put the Shockers’ next possession to go up 60-58. That lead would be brief after Jordair Jett responded with a three of his own.

Baker, who had a game-high 22 points, took control with two strong drives. The first gave Wichita State the lead after he missed the initial attempt before getting fouled and hitting one of two shots.

The next bucket came with a minute to go, Baker drove and dished to the baseline, only to receive a pass back on the baseline, where he went up, absorbed the contact and put in a bucket to give the Shockers a 66-64 lead.

Wichita State picks up a second quality non-conference win in as many games after holding BYU to 62 points, and limiting Tyler Haws in Tuesday night’s CBE Hall of Fame Classic win. The Shockers aren’t done with its non-conference slate with a matchup against Tennessee in two weeks.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.