The Creighton Bluejays could not be denied. They breezed through the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, and then went to war with rival Wichita State, defeating the Shockers 68-65.
In what could be the final conference meeting between the schools, the Shockers gave Creighton everything they had. The Bluejays went in to the locker at halftime with a 30-28 lead. Wooden Award Finalist Doug McDermott was quiet, going 1-6 with only two points at the half. Ethan Wragge led Creighton with 12 points, going 4-6 beyond the arc.
The second half brought an offensive explosion of sorts. Creighton pulled out to an eight point lead, and McDermott got things going offensively. Three point shots came aplenty for the Jays, as Wragge, Grant Gibbs, and Jahenns Manigat all caught fire from downtown. Creighton forward Gregory Echenique dominated the paint with 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.
The Creighton Bluejays led by double digits during the second half, but allowed Wichita State to pull within a point with 43.4 seconds left. Manigat drove the lane and sealed the game with a lay up. McDermott finished with 14 points.