WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, including 12 of the 21 Wichita State scored in the second half, to help the fourth-ranked Shockers stay unbeaten with a 57-45 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Tuesday night.

Wichita State (22-0, 9-0 Missouri Valley Conference) saw a 22-point second-half lead trimmed to nine in the game’s final minutes but hung on to extend school records for winning streak and start to a season. The Shockers shot 23 percent (6 of 26) in the second half.

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Freshman Milton Doyle scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Loyola (8-13, 3-6).

The Shockers outrebounded Loyola 44-28.

The Shockers tied the 1985-86 Bradley team for the third-longest winning streak by a Missouri Valley team.

The top two MVC winning streaks are Cincinnati, 37 from 1961 to 1963, and Indiana State, 33 in 1978-79.

The Shockers led 36-18 at halftime with the Ramblers 7 of 25 (28 percent) from the field and 1 of 9 (11 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.

Consecutive 3-pointers from Ron Baker and Early quickly pushed Wichita State’s lead to 42-20 early in the second half, but the Shockers went ice cold after that, making only two of their next 18 shots.

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Doyle, who entered the game averaging 16 points, finally found scoring opportunities after a two-point first half.

His 3-pointer pulled Loyola within 43-29 with 13:31 left, but Early quickly countered with a 3-pointer to stem the tide.

Doyle scored four points in a six-point run that trimmed Wichita State’s lead to 48-35 with 6:03 remaining.

A 3 by Devon Turk off a Wichita State turnover and Doyle’s slashing layup 31 seconds later brought the Ramblers within 50-40.

The crowd was nervous and then restless after Doyle’s three-point play with 2:27 left shaved the lead to single digits, 52-43.

But four free throws by Anthony and a dunk by Darius Carter sealed the victory.

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