Kan. - Junior Doug McDermott
scored a game-high 25 points, including nine of the Jays final 10, but it wasn't
enough to power No. 12 Creighton past Wichita State during a 67-64 loss in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 10,506 at Charles Koch Arena on
Saturday, Jan. 19.
gave the Jays their first loss in Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play as Creighton
fell to 17-2 overall and 6-1 in the MVC.
Wichita State, meanwhile, moved to 17-2 and 6-1 in MVC action.
Interior buckets by Malcolm Armstead and Carl Hall gave
the Shockers an early 5-0 cushion in the opening moments. That minimal separation was enough for
Wichita State to hold the Jays at bay throughout the opening half. Creighton drew as close as one at 15-14, on a
three-pointer from sophomore Austin Chatman and a layup by senior Grant Gibbs,
but the Shockers responded by pushing their lead to seven at
23-16 by the 10:07 mark. Down the
stretch of the first half the two teams battled back and forth into the final
minutes, but a trey from McDermott in the closing seconds sent the Jays into
the break with momentum down 36-33.
buoyed the Jays in the first half with 11 points, but Creighton was just
7-of-13 from the line (53.8%).
Hall continued to pace the Shockers throughout the half as the duo combined to score
21 of Wichita State's 36 points; the rest of the team was a combined 6-of-21
from the field (29%).
of the final first half shot gave the Bluejays a boost in the second as the
Jays pulled even for the first time at 38-38 behind a 5-2 run. Chatman knocked down a short jumper in the
paint to open the half, then following a Wichita State bucket, McDermott
drained his third trifecta of the game to knot the contest for the first time with 19:01
Shockers, however, scored five of the next seven to reclaim the lead and held a
51-45 edge with 14:45 on the clock.
ensuing three minutes the Jays' defense took over the game, holding Wichita
State without a point as Creighton claimed its first lead of the game with a
7-0 run. McDermott got the Jays rolling
with a fade-away shot from the right block to make it 51-47. Junior Ethan Wragge followed with a
three-ball from the right wing to bring Creighton within a point at 51-50. Finally Chatman pulled up from just outside
the free-throw line to give the Jays their first lead at 52-51 with 11:29 remaining.
The Shockers rallied once again, claiming seven of the next nine including two
on a flagrant foul called against senior Grant Gibbs to retake the
lead, 58-54, with 7:40 left. McDermott
delivered back-to-back buckets to tie the game once more at 58-58 with 6:28,
but Demetric Williams and Hall answered for the Shockers to push it back to a
four-point game at 62-58.
McDermott made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one. After Hall missed two free throws, Gibbs was fouled driving the lane. He made 1-of-2 free throws, and CU was forced to foul. Armstead buried two foul shots with 15.2 left to give WSU a three-point cushion.
The Jays had a chance to tie, but the Valley leader in 3-pointers, Ethan Wragge, missed an open look. The Jays fouled Hall with 7.1 left, and he missed two more. The Jays then beat the WSU press and had one final look, but Wragge's trey from 28 feet was long.
McDermott's 25 points led all players, while Gibbs was
Creighton's only other player to reach double-figures in points with
13. Senior Gregory Echenique led Creighton with 13 rebounds and also
tossed in nine points and five blocked shots.
Wichita State had four players in
double-figures, led by 16 from Hall. Armstead and Cleanthony Early each
posted 13 points, while Williams closed with 10.
returns to action on Wednesday with a 7:05 pm game at Drake.
NOTES: Creighton had its 11-game win streak snapped, as well as its six-game road winning
streak ... Nine of the last 16 Creighton/Wichita State games have been decided
in the final 15 seconds (The two teams are an even 8-8 in the last 16) ... Doug
McDermott's previous career-high against Wichita State had been 13 points ... Creighton
has not had a lead change in the final five minutes in any of its 19 games this
McDermott has made at least one three-pointer in each of Creighton's last 17
games, The Valley's longest active streak.
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