Shockers End Season in First Four of NCAA Tournament


Courtesy of Wichita State Shockers Athletics

WEST LAFEYETTE, Ind.—The Wichita State men’s basketball team dropped its First Four matchup of the NCAA Tournament, 53-52, to Drake on Thursday night inside of Mackey Arena.

The game came down to the final shot for the second consecutive game. Alterique Gilbert’s last-second attempt fell to the floor as time expired.

The Shockers had a final shot after it looked unlikely they would have the chance to hoist a shot.

With 21 seconds remaining, Drake’s Joseph Yesufu knocked down a pair of free throws to bring the Bulldogs’ lead to four. After the ensuing Shocker possession ended in a miss, Dexter Dennis stole a pass and knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to just one with 8 seconds to go.

Yesufu had a chance to extend Drake’s lead, but missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity. Gilbert got a pass off a Morris Udeze rebound and hoisted a deep 3, but it didn’t fall.

Udeze had a career game for the Shockers, scoring 22 points, which was a career high for the Shocker big man. He also collected four rebounds.

Dennis also scored in double figures, scoring 13 points and adding seven rebounds. Dennis added three blocks.

Gilbert was the only other Shocker in double figures with 10 points. He also had three rebounds and four assists.

The Shockers end their season with a 16-6 record.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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