NCAA Game Summary - Wichita State vs. Creighton
(Sunday, March 10th)
Final Score: Creighton 68, Wichita State 65
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jahenns Manigat's lay-in with 11.5 seconds
remaining gave Creighton just enough room to hold on for a 68-65 decision over
Wichita State, enabling the Bluejays to capture the 2013 Missouri Valley
Tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Manigat finished with a team-high 16 points on four made 3-pointers and added
five rebounds for the Blue Jays (27-7), who won their second straight MVC
Tournament title and have recorded five straight victories. Doug McDermott
scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half for Creighton, while Ethan
Wragge had 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range in the victory.
"I couldn't be more proud of them," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.
"It's been an unbelievable ride this season, and we had a couple goals, and
two of them we fulfilled. We've got one more to go. Hopefully, we can do our
job in the NCAA Tournament, represent the Valley in a first-class way."
Wichita State's Malcolm Armstead, who scored a game-high 28 points, attempted
a tough fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it clunked off the rim.
Armstead added nine rebounds and four steals for the Shockers (26-8), who
remain alive for an at-large NCAA berth despite dropping three of their
final five games. Carl Hall donated 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks
The two schools met just eight days ago in a game that determined the MVC
regular-season title. The Bluejays took that meeting, 91-79, on March 2.
As the contest came to a close, Creighton stayed in control and led by 13 with
just over five minutes remaining. Just 1 1/2 minutes later, Austin Chatman
made it 66-55 with one free throw, but Wichita State wasn't done yet.
The Shockers batted down the hatches as Armstead and Ron Baker nailed back-to-
back threes -- in between a missed shot for Creighton -- to get within five
with 2 1/2 to play.
Hall got to the free throw line after battling down-low, but made just 1-of-2
to make it 66-62.
After forcing a missed McDermott layup, Wichita State got the ball back and
turned to who else but Armstead, who nailed a NBA-range 3-pointer with 43
seconds to play to bring the Shockers within one point.
"It's hard when you have all the emotion going into a game like that, a
tournament like that and a season like that," Wichita State coach Gregg
Marshall said. "The emotions of the initial disappointment is paramount, and
then you have great feelings of pride to be able to coach a group of young men
that's this tough, this resilient, this special feeling as well."
In a high-energy, high-tempo first half, it was Creighton which jumped out to
a 19-7 lead as Wragge hit a 3-pointer at the 8:50 mark.
Wichita State, though, and Armstead, who had 10 points during a 12-2 spurt,
fought back to get within 21-19 with just under six minutes remaining.
Tekele Cotton capped of the run with a corner jumper.
The Jays led at the break, 30-28, while Armstead had 18 points, although the
Shockers shot just 32.4 percent (11-of-34) from the floor. McDermott was
limited to 1-of-6 shooting for just two points.
The Jays opened up the second half with the two-point cushion and added to it
with a 14-7 flurry as Manigat hit a triple to make it 44-35 five minutes in.
Baker hit a jumper at the 11:34 mark of the second half to close Wichita
State's deficit to six, though Grant Gibbs then hit a 3-pointer, and 1-of-2
free throws, nearly one minute later to push the edge to 10 points.
Creighton is 12-1 all-time in the MVC Tournament finals, including a perfect
9-0 mark in St. Louis ... The Shockers are 2-3 in the tournament final --
including 0-3 in St. Louis -- and haven't won the crown since in 1985 and 1987
... Wragge had 12 first half points, all on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the
arc ... The Bluejays have won 31-of-42 in the series ... It is the 12th MVC
title for Creighton.
03/10 19:40:18 ET
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