The announced crowd of 10,506 gave Wichita State its 133rd-straight regular season crowd of over 10,000 fans. WKU faced a tough test in its season opener, as the Hilltoppers were matched up with a ranked foe in the season's first game for the first time in 11 years.
Price hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to bring the score to 30-28 in favor of Wichita State at the break. There were three runs of seven or more points in the middle of the first half, with the Shockers going on a 7-0 burst to lead 17-12. WKU responded right away with a 9-0 run of its own to re-take a 21-17 lead, before Wichita State scored eight-straight to lead 27-24.
VanVleet hit a jumper with 10 seconds to go in the half, giving Wichita State a 30-25 lead, but Price took the ball down the court and buried a three at the buzzer to make the score 30-28 after an official review to check if it counted.
But the Shockers came out strong to start the second half and scored 11-straight points, which helped put the Hilltoppers in a hole they couldn't recover from.
WKU shot 28.6 percent as a team in the game (18-for-63) and outrebounded the Shockers, 42-40. WKU had 17 turnovers, and Wichita State blocked 12 Hilltopper shots.
The Hilltoppers begin a three-game homestand at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday at 7:00 against East Tennessee State. It will be Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, and all military personnel and veterans can receive free admission with a military ID while friends and family can purchased reduced-price tickets for $7.00. Season tickets for the 2013-14 season start as low as $99 for all 18 games at E.A. Diddle Arena, and single-game tickets are on sale as well. Fans interested in purchasing season or single-game tickets can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or order online at WKUSports.com.