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Shocked: No. 8 Wichita State loses to No. 25 Utah 69-68 in overtime, snapping long streak

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SALT LAKE CITY — Wichita State played with the same passion, poise and grit as always. Only the result was different this time.

Delon Wright hit a go-ahead jumper in the lane with 14 seconds left in overtime to boost No. 25 Utah over the eighth-ranked Shockers 69-68 Wednesday night, snapping their regular-season winning streak at 35 games.

"We showed some great resilience," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "It was just a gritty game with two good teams going at it all night. They were just one point better."

Wright played all 45 minutes and scored five of his 13 points in the extra period as Utah (6-1) withstood a late Shockers rally and overcame three missed free throws in the final 3.2 seconds.

Brandon Taylor had 17 points and Dakarai Tucker scored 13 for the Utes, who hadn't hosted such a highly ranked opponent since toppling No. 1 Alabama 51-49 on Dec. 30, 1999.

"Wichita State is not No. 8 for nothing," Taylor said. "It was incredible how that team kept coming back after we went on runs and runs. That's a good team."

Ron Baker scored 15 points, Tekele Cotton had 14 and Fred VanVleet added 13, but Wichita State (4-1) couldn't overcome 38 percent shooting in its first regular-season defeat since a 90-81 loss at Creighton on March 10, 2013.

The Shockers went 31-0 last season and then won three games in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament before falling to Kentucky 78-76 in their second NCAA tournament game.

"I hope this makes us better down the road. Some people say that. I don't have a crystal ball so we'll just go back to work," Marshall said.

After failing to score in regulation, Evan Wessel had the first six points for the Shockers in overtime and Baker made an acrobatic layup to give Wichita State a 68-67 lead with 28 seconds remaining.

Wright, who also had seven assists and six rebounds, scored in the paint to put Utah back in front.

"I knew I had to make a play," the senior guard said. "I looked for Brandon Taylor but he wasn't open and I found a way to get into the lane and make a shot."

Wright tried to draw a charge on the other end and fouled VanVleet, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Wessel missed a putback attempt before Wichita State sent Chris Reyes to the line with 3.2 seconds left.

Reyes missed but teammate Jakob Poeltl, who had 12 points and 11 boards, got the rebound and was fouled with 1.7 seconds to play.

PHOTO: Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots as Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet (23) shoots as Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

"You can't give up offensive rebounds like that," Marshall said.

Poeltl missed both free throws, leaving Wichita State 1.4 seconds to go the length of the court. VanVleet's desperation heave from halfcourt wasn't close.

"This is huge for us and huge for our program. This is the type of game we have always lost in the past and this time we found a way to get it done," Wright said.

The Utes' advantage grew as large as 57-46 with 5:17 remaining before the Shockers rallied. VanVleet hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:15 sandwiched around another 3 by Cotton, while Utah committed back-to-back turnovers.

"We were down eight when we went to our pressure defense and maybe we should have used that more in the overtime because it really worked for us," Marshall said.

VanVleet had missed his first seven attempts before making those two beyond the arc that gave the Shockers a 60-58 lead and completed a 14-1 run. Tucker hit two free throws to send the game into overtime.

Wichita State forced the skittish Utes into three turnovers and blocked a shot on their first four possessions in taking a 10-0 lead.


REFEREE HURT

After tossing up the ball for the overtime tip-off, official David Hall was hit in the head by an inadvertent elbow from a player and had to be helped off the floor. The game finished with two referees.

TIP-INS

Wichita State: The Shockers had won their last seven against ranked teams. ... Wichita State's regular-season streak, including three wins this season over teams that were in the NCAA tournament last March, was the longest in the nation.

Utah: Jordan Loveridge, Utah's third-leading scorer, sat out with an injured knee. He had surgery and will be out a month. ... Tucker missed Utah's first four games with an injured rib. ... Utah had lost 13 straight to squads ranked in the top 10. ... Two ranked teams hadn't squared off in the Huntsman Center since Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 12 Utah beat No. 21 New Mexico 77-47. ... The Utes are 7-1 against the Shockers.

UP NEXT

Wichita State hosts Saint Louis on Saturday.

Utah visits Brigham Young next Wednesday.

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