Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 8th)
Final Score: Creighton 65, Drake 53
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Doug McDermott became the leading scorer in Creighton history, as the top-seeded Bluejays beat the Drake Bulldogs, 65-53, in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference.
McDermott had 23 points and seven rebounds for Creighton (25-7), which will play Indiana State in Saturday's semifinals.
A made free throw with 4:43 left in the first half, gave McDermott 2,117 career points, passing Rodney Buford's school record that he set in 1999.
Gregory Echenique finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Bluejays.
Richard Carter paced ninth-seeded Drake (15-17) with 14 points.
Final Score: Indiana State 51, Evansville 50
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Justin Gant made a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining and Devonte Brown blocked Ned Cox's shot just before the buzzer as the Indiana State Sycamores snuck past the Evansville Purple Aces, 51-50, in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Gant was fouled and went to the foul line with 2.5 tickls left on the clock. He made the second shot to put the fifth-seeded Sycamores ahead by one, 51-50.
Evansville's length-of-the-court pass was deflected to Cox, who seemed to have an open layup. Brown came flying in and blocked Cox's shot to secure the victory for Indiana State.
Gant ended with seven points and six rebounds for the Sycamores (18-13), who will play the top-seeded Creighton Bluejays in Saturday's semifinals. Brown and RJ Mahurin added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Egidijus Mockevicius ended with 11 points and seven boards for the fourth- seeded Purple Aces (18-14), who ended the regular season with an 84-68 win over Indiana State on March 2. D.J. Balentine had 10 points.
Final Score: Wichita State 69, Missouri State 59
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Carl Hall tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Wichita State Shockers past the seventh-seeded Missouri State Bears, 69-59, in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center.
Ron Baker came off the bench to pour in 15 points for Wichita State (25-7), which will play the winner of Northern Iowa/Illinois State in the semifinals on Saturday.
For Missouri State (11-22), Marcus Marshall led all scorers with 25 points on 4-of-10 from 3-point range and 13-of-16 from the foul line. Anthony Downing and Keith Pickens netted 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Wichita State shot a modest 44.4 percent from the field in the first half, but it also held Missouri State an even worse 30.4 percent, as it carried a 29-24 lead into intermission.
The Shockers extended their lead to 10 with just over 14 minutes left in the game before the Bears ripped off a 12-2 run to tie the game, 46-46, with 7:56 remaining, but Wichita State answered with a 12-1 surge to pull away.
Wichita State dominated the rebounding battle, 43-24.
03/08 22:24:49 ET