Creighton Beats Wichita St 68-65, Wins MVC Tourney

By: AP, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: AP, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jahenns Manigat scored a season-best 16 points and hit a layup with 11.5 seconds to go that gave top-seeded Creighton just enough to beat Wichita State 68-65 for its second straight Missouri Valley Conference tournament title.

Reserve Ethan Wragge hit five 3-pointers for 15 points to help the Bluejays overcome an off day from star Doug McDermott, who missed six of his first seven shots Sunday and was held to 14 points - 10 below his average.

Malcolm Armstead scored a season-high 28 points with nine rebounds for second-seeded Wichita State (26-8). But he missed a potential tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer while well-guarded by McDermott.

McDermott was still honored as the tournament MVP. He had scored 41 points eight days earlier in Creighton's regular-season title clinching victory over the Shockers.

Wichita State shot just 34 percent and has dropped three of five. Cleanthony Early, who averages 14 points off the bench, was held to two points.

Wichita State trailed by 13 with just over five minutes to go. The Shockers shaved the deficit to a point with a 10-0 run capped by Armstead's fourth 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining. Manigat's layup put the Bluejays back up by three.

Creighton was 11 for 24 from 3-point range without its best long-range threat making his shots. McDermott, now tied with Wragge for the team lead with 74 this season, was 0 for 3.

The Bluejays have won 12 MVC tournament championships, seven more than any other school, and won in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-03. Wichita State has not won the title since 1987. Armstead scored 15 points in the semifinals against Illinois State after totaling 15 points his previous three games.

Creighton missed its first eight shots and Wichita State its first nine, and the teams were a combined 2 for 25 before settling down. McDermott picked up two fouls in the first half that limited him to 13 minutes.


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