Jan 13, 2020 12:44 AM

🏀Shockers Turn Back UConn in Double-Overtime

Posted Jan 13, 2020 12:44 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. – No. 23/23 Wichita State let a nine-point lead slip away in the final minute of regulation but regrouped to beat UConn in double-overtime, 89-86, on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

Jaime Echenique scored 19 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for Wichita State (15-1, 3-0), which won its ninth-straight game and now sits alone in first place as the American Athletic Conference's lone unbeaten.

Erik Stevenson (16 points), Dexter Dennis (16) and Jamarius Burton (13) joined him double-figures.

The Shockers will take the nation's second-longest true road winning streak (8) to Temple on Wednesday night (8 p.m. CT, ESPNU).

Christian Vital finished with 25 points, five rebounds and five steals to pace UConn (10-6, 1-3), which trailed 69-60 with 1:05 to go but rattled the Shockers with a full-court press and scored the last nine points of regulation. Sidney Wilson's corner three tied the game with 1.4 seconds remaining.

WSU had gone the first 15 games without a player fouling out but lost its top-two scorers during overtime. Stevenson was whistled for his fifth foul with 2:43 remaining in the first OT period. Echenique joined him on the bench just over a minute into the second.

The Shockers had a chance to win it in the first overtime segment. A Josh Carlton free throw knotted the game at 77 with 32 seconds to go. WSU played for a last shot. Burton's jumper missed the mark, and Tyson Etienne's leaping tip try spun out.

Etienne gave the Shockers the lead for good with a three-point play just three seconds into double-OT. Buckets from Burton and Grant Sherfield helped maintain it.

Vital's three cut the Wichita State lead to 87-86, but Sherfield calmly sank two free throws with 26 seconds left to make it a three-point game.

UConn had two chances to score an equalizer, but Morris Udeze drew a charge and Vital's long three-pointer with two seconds to play bounced off the rim.

KEY STATS:

The Shockers committed a season-high 21 turnovers – 19 in regulation but only two in the 10 minutes of overtime.

UConn attempted 42 free throws to WSU's 24 and outscored the Shockers 29-19 at the line.

WSU has held 13 of its 16 opponents under 40-percent from the field. UConn shot 38.2 percent, including 5-of-19 from distance. The Shockers hit just under 43 percent of their shots and were 6-of-19 from deep.

Dennis scored in double-figures for the first time since Nov. 9 against Texas Southern. 13 of his 16 points came after halftime.

WSU has lost the rebounding battle on all three American Athletic Conference games – a rarity under Gregg Marshall. UConn led 48-46 on the glass Sunday. Its 19 offensive rebounds were the most by a Shocker opponent this year.

NOTABLE:

The Shockers' loss at UConn on Jan. 26, 2019 was a low-point in the 2018-19 season, dropping them to 8-11 (1-6). What a different a year makes. Since that game, Wichita State is 29-5.

WSU (2-0 on the road this year) won its last six road games in 2018-19, including three-straight in the 2019 NIT at Furman, Clemson and Indiana.

The Shockers are 93-50 on the road in 13 seasons under Marshall. That includes a 58-15 mark (.795) since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

WSU has won seven-straight AAC games going back to last year. The Shockers are 27-12 in three seasons as a member of the league.

WSU leads the all-time series with UConn, 4-2 (4-1 AAC era) and improved to 2-0 at the XL Center.

UP NEXT:

The Shockers continue on to Philadelphia for a Wednesday night date with Temple (9-6, 1-3). The 8 p.m. CT tip airs nationally on ESPNU.

Temple is one of just three AAC schools that the Shockers haven't beaten on the road: Temple (0-1), Houston (0-2), USF (0-1).

WSU lost its Liacouras Center debut in overtime on Feb. 1, 2018. The Owls were a home-only opponent last year, due to the league unbalanced schedule.

The Shockers won the most-recent meeting in the quarterfinals of last year's American tournament, 80-74.

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Jan 13, 2020 12:44 AM
Chiefs join 49er's, Titans in NFL championship round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (AP) Now that the Kansas City Chiefs are in their second straight AFC title game, they face a nemesis in the Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs secured their place Sunday by storming back from a 24-0 hole by getting four touchdown passes from Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter. That sparked a 51-31 victory over the Houston Texans in as wild an NFL game as anyone will see.

Mahomes threw for five scores, three to star tight end Travis Kelce. Damien Williams also scored three times and second-seeded KC (13-4) never was challenged after taking the lead at halftime.

So now it’s on to hosting the AFC championship contest again; the Chiefs lost in overtime to the Patriots a year ago.

The last time Kansas City and Tennessee met was also the last time the Chiefs were beaten, 35-32 in Nashville on Nov. 10. Ryan Tannehill threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left, and Joshua Kalu blocked a last-second field goal attempt.

The Titans also beat the Chiefs 22-21 in Kansas City in a 2017 wild-card game.

“We’ve already played them and we know they’re a tough team,” Mahomes said. “They’re a team that battles all the way until the end. They’re a team that’s really hot, playing really good football right now, so we know it’s going to take our best effort. And, whatever way, we’ve got to find a way to win. That’s the biggest thing you saw here today was we’ve just got to find a way no matter what.”

No. 6 seed Tennessee (11-7) won its second straight road playoff game with a similar approach: feed Derrick Henry. The standout running back dominated in New England in the wild-card round and was again unstoppable at Baltimore. Henry is the first player with two games of 175 rushing yards or more in the same postseason. He has set the postseason single-game rushing record for the Titans in consecutive weeks.

He also has the most yards rushing through his first four postseason games at 561.

And, get this, he threw a 3-yard touchdown jump pass at Baltimore — the first by a running back in the playoffs since 1987, when Allen Rice of Minnesota managed it.

“It’s going to be grind, grind, grind and then he’s going to bust one,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

Tennessee’s defense isn’t likely to collapse the way Houston’s did, and the Titans almost certainly will stick with their so-far highly successful game plan of controlling matters on the ground.

Later Sunday, fifth-seeded Seattle (12-5) was at No. 2 Green Bay (13-3). The winner travels to San Francisco (14-3) next Sunday for the NFC championship game.

The 49ers romped past Minnesota 27-10 with a balanced performance. They set a franchise playoff record by allowing only 147 yards to the Vikings.

Jimmy Garoppolo threw a TD pass on his opening drive as a playoff starter and then mostly watched his defense and running game (186 yards) take over. Two turnovers also hurt Minnesota, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and two scores.