WICHITA, Kan. – The Shockers reeled off 17 straight points to turn an 11-8 deficit into a 25-11 cushion near the midway point of the first half. They led by as many as 37 late in the second half after another 20-0 push.
All 14 Shockers who dressed saw action.
Porter tallied 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with five rebounds and four assists, and Gus Okafor joined him in double-figures with 11 points.
Latik Murphy scored a game-high 14 points to lead Newman.
The Shockers forced 25 turnovers while committing just 12.
Newman missed 21-straight shots during a second-half scoring drought that lasted for more than eight minutes. WSU capitalized, turning a modest 61-44 lead into an 81-44 advantage with less than 2:00 to play in the game.
*** WSU has won 28-straight preseason exhibitions, dating back to 2001, and is 25-0 in such games since Charles Koch Arena’s 2003 renovation.
*** The Shockers improved to 7-0 against Newman (4-0 exhibitions, 3-0 regular season).
*** Ballard’s three blocks tied for the most by a Shocker in an exhibition game in the 20 seasons since the renovation, joining a club that includes Ehimen Ourkpe (2011 vs. Emporia State), Carl Hall (2012 vs. Pitt State), Kadeem Coleby (2013 vs. Oklahoma Baptist) and Shaquille Morris (2017 vs. Newman).
The Shockers begin the regular season next week with home games against Central Arkansas (Monday, 7 p.m.) and Alcorn State (Saturday, 3 p.m.). Both contests will air on ESPN+. Tickets are available online at goshockers.com/Tickets, by phone at 316-978-FANS, in person at the Shocker Ticket Office.