Wichita State defense smothers Dayton in first round of NCAA Tournament

Posted at 10:15 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 00:52:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Wichita State is still unbeaten since mid-January.

The 10th-seeded Shockers won their 16th in a row — the second-longest streak in school history — by clamping down on defense and swatting away shots down the stretch in a 64-58 victory over Dayton.

Wichita State blocked eight shots and held the seventh-seeded Flyers to a season-low 31 percent from the field.

The Shockers also dominated the boards 48-29.

Zach Brown's 3-pointer put Wichita State up 51-45 with 5:38 left, the biggest lead by either team up to that point, and Dayton never threatened again.

Point guard Scoochie Smith had 25 points for Dayton.