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No. 11 WSU survives scare in OT
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Hawaii guard Aaron Valdes, left, attempts to block a shot by Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet in the first half of an NCAA basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday in Honolulu. - photo by AP Photo

HONOLULU (AP) — Rashard Kelly grabbed a rebound and put back a short bank shot with 3.8 seconds left Tuesday night as No. 11 Wichita State overcame a sloppy game to beat host Hawaii in overtime and reach the final of the Diamond Head Classic.
Kelly was mobbed by the Shockers (10-1) after a game that featured 22 lead changes, five of them in overtime.
Ron Baker led Wichita State with 17 points on another miserable night of shooting, though he came up with a key block of Negus Webster-Chan at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Hawaii (8-4) led 77-74 with just under a minute to go and was poised to beat a ranked time for the first time in three years. Darius Carter hit a free throw, Hawaii turned the ball over on the inbounds pass and Fred VanVleet hit a 3-point to give the Shockers the lead.
The Warriors answered with Mike Thomas being left alone under the basket on an inbounds pass for its last lead of the game.
VanVleet missed badly on a 3, and Kelly grabbed the rebound for the game-winner. Thomas missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer for Hawaii, which was trying to reach the championship game of its holiday tournament for the first time.
Kelly finished with 12 points, while VanVleet had 13 points and five assists.
Wichita State was simply happy to advance. It shot 40 percent for the game — Baker was 5-of-19 — and had 13 turnovers.
Aaron Valdes and reserve Isaac Fleming led the Warriors with 17 points apiece.
Valdes hit a 3-pointer with 15:43 to give Hawaii a 47-41 lead with loads of momentum, and the home crowd, in its favor. But the Warriors went five minutes without scoring another field goal and had three straight turnovers as Wichita State went on a 15-2 run and appeared to have control of the game.
Fleming and Valdes each hit 3-pointers as Hawaii battled back, and Valdes added another 3 with 48 seconds left for a 70-68 lead. Baker was fouled and made both free throws to tie the game at 70 at the end of regulation.
Wichita State advances to play George Washington in the final on Christmas Day.

Baker, the leading scorer for the Shockers, is 9-of-29 in his two games this week. He is 4-of 16 on 3-pointers.

Diamond Head Classic



At Stan Sheriff Center
Honolulu, Hawaii

No. 11 WICHITA ST. 80,
WICHITA ST. (10-1)
Kelly 5-6 2-2 12, Carter 4-8 2-3 10, VanVleet 3-9 6-7 13, Baker 5-19 5-7 17, Cotton 2-9 3-4 8, Brown 2-3 3-4 9, Henderson Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Holland 1-2 0-0 2, Simon 0-0 0-0 0, Nurger 0-1 5-7 5, Wamukota 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 23-58 28-36 80.
HAWAII (9-4)
Nevels 2-7 3-4 7, Bobbitt 1-4 6-6 8, Webster-Chan 3-9 0-0 9, Valdes 6-14 2-3 17, Thomas 3-6 3-4 9, Fleming 7-9 0-1 17, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Jankovic 4-9 3-5 12. Totals 26-59 17-23 79.
Halftime—Wichita St. 34-33. End Of Regulation—Tied 70. 3-Point Goals_Wichita St. 6-24 (Brown 2-3, Baker 2-11, VanVleet 1-3, Cotton 1-5, Holland 0-1, Nurger 0-1), Hawaii 10-23 (Fleming 3-4, Webster-Chan 3-5, Valdes 3-6, Jankovic 1-3, Bobbitt 0-2, Nevels 0-3). Fouled Out_Fleming, Jankovic. Rebounds—Wichita St. 36 (Carter, Kelly 6), Hawaii 36 (Webster-Chan 9). Assists—Wichita St. 11 (VanVleet 5), Hawaii 13 (Bobbitt 10). Total Fouls—Wichita St. 19, Hawaii 25. A—NA.