By:Staff and wire reports
WICHITA, Kan. — After watching his team get blown out fairly quickly, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson wished he had spent Thursday night at the movies.
He felt like he was in one as No. 9 Wichita State cruised past his Cougars 81-63.
“You know that movie ‘Gladiator’?” he asked. “I felt like one of those guys, like they just threw us in the middle of the ring with no chance.”
Wichita State (12-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) made nine of its first 11 3-point shots, led by as many as 25 in the first half and by 32 with 6:32 remaining.
Landry Shamet scored 18 points in just 22 minutes to lead the Shockers — “Easily the best player we’ve faced this season,” Sampson said — but Wichita State had four players in double figures before halftime.
Starting guards Shamet and Conner Frankamp (15 points) were a combined 12 of 15 from the field.
Shaquille Morris scored 14 points for the Shockers while Markis McDuffie added 11.
Rob Gray led Houston (12-3, 2-1 American) with 13 points, six below his season average.