St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Fresh off a perfect regular season, the second-ranked Wichita State Shockers started their quest for a third Missouri Valley Conference Tournament crown with an 80-58 rout of the Evansville Purple Aces in Friday's quarterfinals. The Shockers (32-0) ran through the regular season a perfect 31-0, including an 18-0 ledger in league play, to become the first team since the 2003-04 Saint Joseph's squad to enter the postseason undefeated. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each had 17 points for Wichita State, which reached the Final Four last year and is trying for its first MVC tourney title since 1987. Tekele Cotton and Chadrack Lufile tallied 11 points apiece for the Shockers, who will face either Missouri State or Illinois State in the semifinals on Saturday. Kadeem Coleby had six of Wichita State's 11 blocks. D.J. Balentine ended with 31 points for the Purple Aces (14-19), who failed to build off an opening round win over Drake on Thursday.
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