It didn't die until there were four seconds left.

But in the end, Indiana State's perfect season suffered an honorable demise.

Offensive inconsistency ultimately cost the Sycamores, as Wichita State won 66-62 in a Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday.

Trent Wurtz led the Sycamores with 23 points and added eight rebounds. David Moss had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

"This is a tough place to play. I had never had a chance to play here before, but this place lived up to its reputation. Their fans fed their intensity and it fed their defense," Wurtz said.

ISU's best start since the 1979 season came to an end, but the Sycamores fought to preserve the victory after a first half when ISU looked poised to blown out of Koch Arena.

ISU (8-1, 1-1) missed 16 of its first 20 shots, but fought back to tie the game at halftime. In the second half, ISU took a four-point lead, but this time it was the Shockers who had the counter-punch.

After Wichita State fought back to tie it, Kyle Wilson gave the Shockers a 39-38 lead on a lay-up with 12:41 left. Less than a minute later, a Karon Bradley 3-pointer made it 42-38.

ISU stayed with the Shockers for a bit, but ultimately, its offense couldn't come up with shots. ISU came up empty on seven consecutive possessions, allowing the Shockers to take a 51-42 lead.

"Our depth in the second half made a difference. [The Sycamores] shot a lot of crooked shots because they were tired. [Tyson] Schnitker and [Gabe] Moore are good shooters; they missed some shots they normally make," Wichita State Coach Mark Turgeon said.

Waltman disagreed that ISU got tired, but he did give Wichita State's defense credit. The Shockers held the Sycamores to a 36.8 shooting performance, and with the exception of a three-minute stretch at the end of the first half, made it difficult for ISU to get shots the entire game.

"They didn't let us do many things we like to, especially our three perimeter guys," Waltman said. "They didn't do anything special, they just nosed up and made it hard for our guards to get into position and to get by them."

The Shockers (10-2, 1-0) kept the Sycamores at multi-possession arm's length into the final minute. ISU made Wichita State sweat when Wurtz converted a three-point play with 26 seconds left to make it 60-56, but when Wichita State guard Sean Ogirri sandwiched four free throws around a Moss 3-point miss, putting the Shockers up 64-56 with 14 seconds left, ISU looked dead in the water.

But ISU wasn't done. Wurtz drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to make it 64-59. Then Tyson Schnitker stole the inbounds pass, and quickly fed it to Gabe Moore on the wing, who buried another trey to make it 64-62 with four seconds left -- an ending that was beginning to mirror ISU's last-minute 64-63 victory over the Shockers in the 2003-04 season at Koch Arena.

But Wichita State kept its wits about it. P.J. Cousinard inbounded to Matt Braeuer, who quickly got it up the floor to Bradley, ending hopes of an ISU miracle finish.

"If we're going to start getting disappointed, we'll be disappointed for a long time," said Waltman, when asked about the end to the perfect season. "I'm not into that."

To even be in a position for a miracle finish seemed highly unlikely at the beginning.

ISU missed its first seven shots in a five-minute span, with the boisterous sellout crowd of 10,478 feeding Wichita State's defense and loving every minute of it.

There seemed to be no end in sight for ISU's offensive woes. The Sycamores missed 16 of their first 20 shots and had eight turnovers as the Shockers had a 21-9 lead with 6:11 left.

"We got off to a slow start and that hurt us. There was a lot of small mistakes that I think we can correct," said ISU guard Elliott Booe, who played 10 minutes, including the last three as a defensive stopper against Wichita State's guards.

Wichita State's lead might have been bigger had it not shot the poorly on its end -- the Shockers were a pedestrian 8 of 22 from the field during ISU's 4-of-20 stretch -- and the missed opportunity to knock ISU out proved costly.

Wichita State's shooting woes became more acute towards the end of the half, as ISU shook its rust off. A Wurtz 3-pointer with 5:54 left in the half got ISU untracked, and the Sycamores would make all but one of its remaining six shots in the half, tying the game on a pair of Wurtz free throws just before halftime to cap an 18-6 run.

ISU next plays Friday at Missouri State.

-- Notes -- ISU forward Adam Arnold did not dress for the game, sitting out with the flu ... Wichita State started Ryan Martin, Nick Rogers and Matt Braeuer and had regular starters Paul Miller, Cousinard and Ogirri come off the bench. Turgeon started his regular starting five in the second half ... Jay Tunnell, a Topeka native, played well in his Kansas homecoming, scoring 14 points and guarding Wilson and Miller well underneath. His performance had many Kansas media members wondering on press row how he escaped the state.

Indiana State 62

Player fg 3pt ft r a pf tp

Moss 5-14 1-4 5-6 12 1 3 16

Wurtz 8-15 4-5 3-3 8 1 3 23

Tunnell 5-12 2-3 2-4 2 1 4 14

Moore 1-6 1-2 1-2 2 3 0 4

Schnitker 1-5 0-2 1-3 3 1 0 3

Evans 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 4 0

Yelovich 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 3 2

Wise 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Booe 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0

Trudeau 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Totals 21-57 8-17 12-18 *34 9 17 62

Wichita State 66

Player fg 3pt ft r a pf tp

Martin 3-6 0-0 0-0 7 0 0 6

Wilson 4-5 1-1 2-2 5 3 4 11

Rogers 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0

Bradley 5-10 1-3 0-0 0 2 1 11

Braeuer 3-7 0-2 0-0 1 5 2 6

Ogirri 4-10 1-4 6-7 8 4 3 15

Miller 4-11 0-0 4-6 11 1 4 12

Couisnard 1-8 0-2 3-4 7 2 2 5

Preadom 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 0

Totals 24-59 3-13 15-19 *43 18 17 66

Halftime score -- ISU 27, WSU 27. FG Pct. -- ISU .368, WSU .407. 3-pt FG Pct. -- ISU .471, WSU .231. FT Pct. -- ISU .667, WSU .789. (*) Includes team rebounds -- ISU 3, WSU 1. Turnovers -- ISU 13, WSU 12. Steals -- ISU 2 (Moss, Evans), WSU 6 (Couisnard 2). Blocks -- ISU 0, WSU 2 (Couisnard). Att. -- 10,478.

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