Stats on Wichita State-Texas Tech males’s basketball scrimmage

The Wichita State men’s basketball team traveled to Wichita Falls, Texas on Saturday for some outside competition in a closed scrimmage against Texas Tech.

The teams played three different segments: the first in a controlled half-court setting, then two separate 20-minute scrimmages. The Shockers won two of the three segments, as they came out on top of the halfcourt segment, 18-12, and the second scrimmage, 33-31. Texas Tech won the first scrimmage, 52-28.

The Shockers played without their starting center, Morris Udeze, who continued to sit out with a shoulder injury. WSU was also missing reserve guard Chaunce Jenkins. Both injuries are considered minor and the players were held out as a precaution, according to sources.

Texas Tech was also without two key contributors in junior wing T.J. Shannon, a third team all-Big 12 selection last season, and junior wing Kevin McCullar, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, per Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

In the first scrimmage, WSU coach Isaac Brown rotated all 10 players in his rotation, according to multiple sources, and Texas Tech pounded the Shockers, 52-28. Bryson Williams (25 points) and Kevin Obanor (14 points) were the top scorers for the Red Raiders in the combined scrimmages.

When the teams took the court again for a fresh 20-minute scrimmage, Brown leaned more on returners and veterans.

WSU started Craig Porter, Tyson Etienne, Dexter Dennis, Monzy Jackson and Joe Pleasant with Ricky Council IV, Qua Grant and Kenny Pohto off the bench.

This time, Etienne was superb in leading WSU to a 33-31 victory with 15 points in the second scrimmage. According to sources, the Shockers built a sizable lead and then hung on in the end. Etienne finished the two scrimmages with a combined 20 points to lead WSU on 6 of 13 shooting, which included 4 of 8 accuracy from beyond the arc, to go along with two assists.

Council was WSU’s second-leading scorer in the combined scrimmages with 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting, including a 2-of-3 performance on three-pointers, to go along with a team-high six rebounds and two assists.

Another standout performer was Grant, a junior guard who comes to WSU after a two-time Division II All-American career at West Texas A&M. Grant finished with eight points, shot six free throws and finished with a team-high five assists.

While Dennis struggled shooting from the outside, sources said he played his usual brand of excellent perimeter defense. Another strong defensive performance came from Pleasant, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Abilene Christian who was forced to play minutes at center for WSU with Udeze sidelined.

Freshman center Kenny Pohto had flashes in each scrimmage and finished with six points on 3-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, including a team-high three offensive rebounds. Jackson also added four points and five rebounds with three coming on the offensive end.

In the controlled halfcourt segment, each team took turns executing halfcourt sets for five possessions, then switching. The teams did that for a total of four times with WSU winning the segment in the end, 18-12.

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