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McDuffie scores 32 as Wichita State beats Providence 83-80

November 10, 2018
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Providence guard A.J. Reeves, right, shoots over Wichita State guard Dexter Dennis in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Veterans Classic tournament in Annapolis, Md., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Markis McDuffie scored a career-high 32 points and sparked a second-half run that carried Wichita State past Providence 83-80 Friday night.

Playing at the Naval Academy in the opener of the Veteran’s Classic, the Shockers (1-1) bounced back from an early 10-point deficit to avoid their first 0-2 start since 1990.

Alpha Diallo had a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Friars (1-1), who trailed the entire second half.

Wichita State was clinging to a 51-49 lead before McDuffie made a four-point play. That launched an 11-2 spurt for an 11-point cushion with 12:55 left.

After Providence closed to 76-72, McDuffie made a layup to thwart the comeback bid.

McDuffie went 12 for 19 from the field, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range. His previous career high was 26.

The 6-foot-8 forward is one of two seniors on a team that lost nine players after going 25-8 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for a seventh consecutive season.

The other senior on the current squad, Samajae Haynes-Jones, had 15 points and eight assists.

A.J. Reeves scored 19 for Providence, a solid encore to his 29-point performance against Sienna in his college debut.

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