Another 13-seed advances as Marshall shocks Wichita State


Wichita State's season ended Friday on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, falling short in their first round game of the NCAA Tournament.

"The bench was celebrating; everybody was hyped", Marshall junior guard Jon Elmore said.

Elmore was fantastic, going for 27 points on just 13 shots from the floor (4-8 from downtown) and 11-15 shooting from the foul line.

"So we've got a little bit to do", said D'Antoni, the older brother of Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni.

Marshall plays the Murray State-West Virginia victor in the next round. Marshall trailed by 1 point, 70-69, with 4:54 left before outscoring Wichita State 12-5 the rest of the way. "The crowd was hyped, but there was still time left on the clock. We closed out the game". He also had a team-high four assists.

"Penava is one of those guys who has gotten better every game in my opinion", Elmore said.

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The lead changed 14 times and was tied six times.

It missed, redshirt sophomore guard Landry Shamet made a layup on the other end to give the Shockers the lead, and then two Marshall players fought over a potential offensive rebound to knock the ball out-of-bounds.

While Elmore electrified the arena and nation with an array of spin moves, deep 3s and dazzling passes, there were a pair of alley-oops in the first half that generated buzz on social media.

The Thundering Herd (25-10) made its first NCAA tourney appearance in 1956 and made its most recent one in 1987, losing all five along the way. Then, Watson elevated for a hard two-handed alley-oop on a pass from Elmore that made it 26-21 with 6:54 left of the first half. If the fifth-seeded Mountaineers take care of business, it would set up the first-ever matchup between teams from the state of West Virginia in the NCAA tournament.

Most of those Valley NCAA Tournament wins came from Wichita State's dominant run over the last several years. We showed up as we always did.