>> Missouri Valley Conference Tournament - Recap - Wichita State Defeats Evansville 80-58
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Wichita State cruised to victory on Friday, running Evansville out of the gym and running up an 80-58 score at Scottrade Center.
Bettors who backed Wichita State were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 17.5 at sportsbooks.
Cleanthony Early had 17 points for Wichita State and Ron Baker chipped in with 17 points. Fred VanVleet had 5 assists for them, while Chadrack Lufile was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 7 boards.
Evansville got 31 points from D.J. Balentine in a losing cause and another 11 points from Egidijus Mockevicius. D.J. Balentine contributed 3 assists for them, while Egidijus Mockevicius had 11 rebounds.
Wichita State hit the break leading 41-31 before taking care of business in the second half.