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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Wichita State starts off with blowout victory

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— Sean Ogirri scored 12 points as Wichita State beat Rockhurst 71-47 Saturday night in the Shockers' season opener.

Wichita State (1-0) took off early, with a Karon Bradley three-pointer and five straight points from Kyle Wilson giving the Shockers a 10-1 lead.

Ogirri, who missed Wichita State's two exhibition games because of a strained right knee and hip, hit two three-pointers as the Shockers pushed that advantage to 26-6. The Division II Hawks, who were officially playing an exhibition, made only two field goals in the first 12 minutes.

The Shockers ended the first half with a 45-19 lead on 59.3-percent shooting. Five Wichita State players had at least six points by the break, led by Ogirri's nine.

After having more turnovers (nine) than baskets (eight) in the first half, Rockhurst had its best stretch immediately following halftime. Three-pointers from Aaron Hill, John Torson and Joey Deas - a 22-footer off the backboard - cut Wichita State's lead to 49-32 with 15:22 remaining in the game.

But Wichita State answered in highlight fashion. Phil Thomasson's dunk off a Gal Mekel pass and another

Ogirri three-pointer capped

a quick 7-0 run and the

Shockers recaptured the momentum.

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