WICHITA, KAN. -- Charleston Southern got off to a slow start and dropped an 85-57 decision to Wichita State on Sunday afternoon.
Sophomore guard Thomas Odom scored a career-high 13 points to lead CSU's effort. Freshman guard Saah Nimley had 12 points and four assists while freshman guard Arlon Harper had 10 points.
Charleston Southern shot only 29.5 percent from the field, making five of 22 3-point attempts.
David Kyles led the Shockers with 19 points. Carl Hall added 12 points and nine rebounds.
"Wichita State came out well-prepared and played very well early," said CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh. "We certainly got their best shot and we didn't respond very well early on.
"I thought we played with better poise in the second half. Some younger guys really played well for us and we were able to see some positive things."
The Bucs, who opened the season Friday with a 72-67 loss to Kansas State, trailed 14-2 after five minutes Sunday.
The margin expanded to 30 at 40-10 with just over four minutes remaining and CSU trailed, 45-17, at the break. The Buccaneers were better in the second half. After trailing, 74-35, with 8:13 to play, CSU outscored the defending NIT champs, 20-4, over the next six minutes to close the gap to 79-55.
Wichita State is coached by former Winthrop head coach Gregg Marshall, also a former College of Charleston assistant.
CSU will host Bluefield College in its home opener on Tuesday night, the first of five consecutive home games for the Buccaneers.