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In their biggest game of the season, Wichita State's key player was a virtual non-factor. To be fair, a lot of that should be credited to the "havoc" caused by the VCU defense.
Garrett Stutz, Wichita State's seven-footer and All-MVC selection, was held to just four points in 17 minutes in a 62-59 loss to No. 12-seeded VCU. Stutz picked up his second foul midway through the first half, forcing him out until halftime. He then picked up his third a minute into the second half, forcing him to the bench once again.
For the game, Stutz had more fouls (three) than made shots (two). Given VCU's style of play, the pace of the game doesn't favor a guy like Stutz to be at his best. However, the fact that he was unavailable, particularly on the defensive end, for an extended period of time certainly contributed to VCU's late first-half run that put the Rams up by double-digits.
Even though Wichita State battled back and eventually took the lead, it didn't have quite enough left in the tank to get the stops needed to hold on at the end.