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No. 9 Wichita State cruises past Houston 81-63

Wichita State guard Conner Frankamp goes to the basket against Houston forward Fabian White Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Landry Shamet scored 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead No. 9 Wichita State past Houston 81-63 on Thursday night.

Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) made nine of its first 11 3-point shots and led by as many as 25 in the first half. Starting guards Shamet and Conner Frankamp (15 points) were a combined 12 of 15 from the field.

Shaquille Morris scored 14 points for the Shockers while Markis McDuffie added 11.

Rob Gray led Houston (12-3, 2-1 American) with 13 points, six below his season average. He was 6 of 14 from the field. Corey Davis scored 12 points for the Cougars, and Wes Van Beck had 11.

The Shockers finished 12 of 27 from the 3-point line while Houston was 4 of 15.

Wichita State led 53-32 at halftime, going 10 of 16 from the 3-point line to build that lead. The Shockers had 14 assists and five turnovers in the first half.

BIG PICTURE:

Houston: The Cougars lost to a hot-shooting Wichita State team but get another chance at the Shockers on Jan. 20.

Wichita State: The Shockers have not had an overabundance of games looking like a top 10 team and needed one.

UP NEXT

Houston: The Cougars play host to Tulsa on Jan. 11.

Wichita State: The Shockers host South Florida on Sunday.

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