When Wichita State finally gained some momentum going into halftime, an air of excitement came over Charles Koch Arena.
Fans were expecting to see Wichita State once again start slow but surge to take care of a far inferior opponent.
Nothing of the sort happened Saturday for Isaac Brown and his squad. Alcorn State quickly jumped out to a 16-6 margin and lead for a good portion of the first half before the Shockers raced back to cut into – and eventually take – the lead.
Questions have been raised about just how much Wichita State would need from lead guard Craig Porter Jr in what should be an All-Conference season for him. The other Shocker contributors quickly came with an answer, roaring back into the game with the help of a loud and engaged crowd in Charles Koch Arena.
Kenny Pohto delivered his first gem of the season, scoring 6 straight points to give the Shockers a 29-24 lead.
That lead would dwindle before halftime, with the Shockers taking a 31-28 advantage into the break despite more than their fair share of troubles with turnovers and a lackluster offensive performance.
The Braves came out of the locker room playing hard, quickly regaining a 37-36 lead at the under 16 timeout against a once again flat Wichita State offense.
It was every bit a struggle for Porter and his crew to find the offensive rhythm they had going into the half.
Following the media timeout, both teams finally found a rhythm at the expense of defense. Craig Porter scored 4 straight points when they needed them most.
Alcorn State kept finding offense wherever they could get it, with nifty moves from Dominic Brewton allowing Landon Bussie’s squad to keep hanging with the Shockers.
Wichita State’s offensive struggles continued, as they failed to put Alcorn State away. A 9-0 run gave the Braves a 5 point lead with just 5 minutes to play, quieting the Koch Arena crowd.
Isaac Brown seemed unfazed as Craig Porter and Jaron Pierre turned the ball over completely unforced, two costly turnovers in a close game.
Alcorn State was poised and under control down the stretch while Wichita State struggled to find anything on offense. Miss after miss and unforced errors lead to the Shockers worst home loss in program history.
An unthinkable loss for a program that was on top of the world just a few short years ago.