ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- No. 19 Creighton seeks to move into the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the fourth time in the last five years on Sunday when it meets Wichita State.
Creighton (27-4) has won the tournament three of the last four seasons, but had to struggle to post a 57-56 victory over 10th-seeded Indiana State in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for the Bluejays, who survived a late miss by the Sycamores.
"I know they'll come out and play a better game tomorrow (Sunday)," Creighton coach Dana Altman said. "They better."
DeAnthony Bowden scored 10 points off the bench and Brody Deren grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. Creighton was held to its lowest point total of the season.
The second-seeded Bluejays posted an 86-60 rout of the Shockers just six days ago in the regular-season finale. Larry House scored a career-high 28 points as Korver struggled to 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting.
Paul Miller collected 18 points and 10 rebounds for Wichita State. The Shockers have lost eight of their last nine against the Bluejays, but the win was an 80-74 triumph on February 15.
Wichita State (18-10) advanced with a 70-66 victory over Bradley. Randy Burns scored 20 points to lead the third-seeded Shockers, who are one victory shy of matching their highest total since the 1988-89 season.
The winner will face top-seeded Southern Illinois or No. 4 Southwest Missouri State in the title game.