No. 2 Wichita State goes to 33-0 with 67-42 rout of Missouri State in Valley semifinals

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Wichita State guard Ron Baker (31) pulls down a rebound against Missouri State forward Gavin Thurman during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

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Early had his two dunks, celebrating a bit on the way back down court each time, and was among seven players scoring during the 24-0 run that made it 61-23 with 8:58 to go.

The Shockers were 8 for 10 from 3-point range in the first half, with five of them coming in the 17-0 run. Marshall said it was actually 8 for 8 because the two misses were with the shot clock about to expire.

"To us, it's just a rush of excitement," guard Ron Baker said.

Missouri State went more than 6½ minutes without a point before Thurman scored in the lane with 2:13 to go in the half. The Bears trailed 33-19 at the half, their lowest first-half scoring output this season.

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