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Ron Baker played like the veteran he is on Tuesday night.
The stat lines of Wichita State veterans Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet weren't all that pretty.
Baker shot 3-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-5 on three-pointers. VanVleet, who had to leave the game briefly in the first half after taking an elbow just above his right eye and bleeding profusely, was 6-of-15 from the field.
The seniors still led their team to its 25th victory of the season with 14 points apiece, and both made some of the game's biggest plays. The 6'4" Baker also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while VanVleet added a game-high seven assists and two steals.
Afterward, Erdahl asked VanVleet how the Shockers were able to turn the game so thoroughly in their favor in the second half.
"We know how to act in these situations," he replied. "Experience is very underrated in these scenarios. We didn't play very well in the first half. ... We knew we didn't play our best, and we knew we had another gear."
There is something to be said about guys who stick around to play all four years at a program, as it's such a rarity these days. "These guys are basketball, college basketball icons, and they deserve the opportunity, one more time, to see if they can make another deep run in the tournament,” Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall said of Baker and VanVleet on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.
He's right, and now they have a date with sixth-seeded Arizona in the round of 64 because of how they played Tuesday night in Dayton.
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