SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Wichita State men's basketball team won its opening game in the NCAA tournament, defeating Pittsburgh 73-55. The Shockers advance to play Saturday in the Round of 32.
Senior Malcolm Armstead led WSU with 22 points, and Tekele Cotton had five steals. Wichita State had 20 more free-throw opportunities than Pitt, going 33-for-41 at the free-throw line; Pittsburgh made 16-of-21 free throws.
The #9-seed WSU improved to 27-8 on the season; #8-seed Pittsburgh sees its season end with a record of 24-9.
Wichita State scored 73 points against a Pittsburg defense which is sixth in the nation in points allowed (55 per game).
This is WSU's first win in the tournament since its Sweet 16 team in 2006.