OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Kyle Korver carried Creighton back from the brink of a loss and watched his teammates secure a hard-fought victory.
Korver scored 16 points before fouling out and Michael Lindeman added 14 as the 12th-ranked Bluejays rallied for a 70-67 overtime victory against Southwest Missouri State in a Missouri Valley Conference contest.
Creighton endured a miserable first half and trailed by as many as 17 before facing an 11-point halftime deficit. But the Bluejays dominated the final 20 minutes and opened the second half on a 31-15 run that was capped by eight straight points from Korver.
"It wasn't really changes that we made," said Korver, who made only 4-of-12 shots. "It was taking our time, running our plays and making shots. It was more of us slowing down and and taking our time."
The senior sharp-shooter scored 13 points during burst and buried two free throws to give Creighton (22-2, 12-1 MVC) its first lead at 53-51 with 4:50 to go. Korver buried another player just over a minute later but fouled out with 36 seconds left in regulation.
Southwest Missouri State scored four straight points to pull within 56-55 and the teams each buried a pair of free throws before Creighton's Tyler McKinney made 1-of-2 from the line with 17 seconds left.
Tamarr Maclin made a reverse layup to forge a 59-59 tie with two seconds remaining and Lindeman missed a 25-footer at the buzzer.
The Bears had a 67-66 lead after Monwell Randle's hook shot with 1:47 to go in overtime, but Brody Deren responded with a basket 18 seconds later to give the Bluejays the lead for good.
Southwest Missouri State committed turnovers on its final two possessions and Lindeman sealed the victory with a pair of free throws as Creighton held on for its sixth straight victory.
"It was good that we found a way to win," Bluejays coach Dana Altman said. "I've got to give our players a mountain of credit there. Because things weren't happening easy for us tonight and we still found a way to win. Om a night when things weren't particularly going our way, we hung in there, found a way to win and made some big shots.
Deren and reserve Nate Funk finished with nine points apiece for the Bluejays, who moved one-half game ahead of Southern Illinois for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Terrance McGee scored 19 points and Maclin and Merrill Andrews added 12 apiece for Southwest Missouri State (13-8, 9-3), which has lost its last five meetings with Creighton.
"I'm proud of our basketball team. We had a chance to win," Southwest Missouri State coach Barry Hinson said. "We came in here to win the ball game. We missed out on our mission tonight. I told our players that we aren't into moral victories."
The Bears never trailed in the first half after jumping out to a 12-2 run. They had their largest lead at 34-18 on a jumper by Kellen Easley with 3:39 to go.
"We attacked, we weren't scared," Hinson said. "We didn't play scared. We didn't play hesitant."
"I thought they really set a tone in the first half of the game," Altman said. "They played more aggressive than we were to start the ball game. We weren't sharp. We weren't prepared to play. We struggled all night offensively and some of that had to do with their defense and their physicalness."
Korver made a jumper and Lindeman buried two free throws. After a pair of foul shots from Maclin, Funk capped the half with a 3-pointer to bring Creighton within 36-25.