WICHITA, Kan. — Senior center Shaquille Morris had 18 points and 10 rebounds in just 22 minutes to lead No. 6 Wichita State past College of Charleston 81-63 on Monday night.
Morris was 7 of 11 from the floor and part of the Shockers (2-0) dominating the interior. Fellow senior post players Rauno Nurger (16 points) and Darral Willis (14 points) found success inside and helped Wichita State to a 44-27 rebounding advantage.
Shockers starting guards Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp each scored 10 points.
Grant Riller scored 20 points for College of Charleston (1-1). He had 18 of those in the second half.
Joe Chealey added 14 points for the Cougars.
Wichita State led 47-22 at halftime. The Cougars went just 5 of 23 from the floor in the half. Willis and Morris combined for 24 first-half points.
Charleston shot 14 of 28 in the second half.
College of Charleston: The Cougars were still without Jarrell Brantley, a preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, due to a knee injury. But they outscored Wichita State in the second half to make it respectable.
Wichita State: Facing a significantly better defense in its second game, Wichita State’s offense was still overpowering at times despite the absence of last season’s leading scorer, Markis McDuffie. He is out another month with a stress fracture in his left foot.
College of Charleston: The Cougars play Saturday night at Charlotte before heading to the Great Alaska Shootout.
Wichita State: The Shockers have a week to prepare for the Maui Invitational. Wichita State’s first game will be Nov. 20 against California.