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Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 12:01 PM EST
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No. 18 Creighton (24-3) at Sms (15-9)
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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (Ticker) -- Southwest Missouri State can make the race for the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title even tighter when its hosts No. 18 Creighton on Wednesday.

Southwest Missouri State (15-9, 11-4) sits two games behind co-leaders Creighton and Southern Illinois and is a half game ahead of Wichita State, which visits Springfield on Saturday.

The Bears have split their last four games following a seven-game winning streak. They rebounded from last Wednesday's setback at Southern Illinois with a 54-52 victory at Bradley on Saturday in their final regular season road game.

In Saturday's win, Southwest Missouri State overcame a five-point deficit and closed the game on a 12-2 run as leading scorer Terrence McGee scored 10 straight points and finished with 20.

Creighton (24-3, 13-2) has won two straight since an 80-74 setback at Wichita State on February 15 and leads the nation in wins and field goal percentage (51.1).

The Bluejays have continued to win despite the struggles of leading scorer Kyle Korver, who has shot just 36 percent (31-of-87) over his last six games.

Korver, however, had a big game in Saturday's 67-66 home win over Fresno State. He hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points.

Korver's seven 3-pointers broke his own school record and moved him into second place on the conference's all-time single-season list. Current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Troy Hudson is the conference's single-season leader with 134 3-pointers set during the 1996-97 season.

Although Creighton holds a slim 18-17 advantage in the series, it has won each of the last five meetings and 11 of the past 13.

After four of five meetings were decided by double digits, the last three margins have been under seven points.


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