The Wichita State Shockers narrowly came away with an 82-79 win over a Tulane team that is now 4-26 and 0-18 in conference play.
Wichita State trailed by as many as nine points in the second half of Saturday night’s game, and the game was tied with 00.5 seconds left when the Shockers had to inbound the ball from underneath their own basket. That turned out to be enough time for Dexter Dennis, who caught the inbound pass and quickly got rid of the ball to drain a three for the win.
The play was reviewed, but replays showed that the ball left Dennis’ hands with about 00.1 seconds remaining.
And that had to be a huge sigh of relief for head coach Gregg Marshall and Wichita State to avoid a devastating loss. It’s been a bit of disappointing season for the Shockers (17-13, No. 94 in KenPom) after a remarkable seven consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, but they found a way to win this one and have wins in nine of their last 11 games.
With the victory, Wichita State gets the No. 6 seed in upcoming AAC Tournament, and maybe Saturday’s game can serve as a needed wake-up call as they try to make it eight straight trips to the big dance.
[CBS Sports Network]