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Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:27 PM EST
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Wichita St 80, (12) Creighton 74
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WICHITA, Kansas (Ticker) -- Aaron Hogg celebrated his promotion to the starting lineup in style by finishing off 12th-ranked Creighton.

Hogg scored 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including the go-ahead layup with 52 seconds left, to lead Wichita State to an 80-74 upset of Creighton in a Missouri Valley Conference game.

Creighton star forward Kyle Korver missed two shots and a free throw in the final 40 seconds while the Shockers converted 5-of-6 free throws to seal the win.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Bluejays (22-3, 12-2 MVC), who were beaten at Evansville on January 23 and at Xavier on December 31.

The win was the first for Wichita State (14-8, 9-4) against a ranked team in more than 12 years - a 74-71 overtime victory over Alabama on December 4, 1990.

There were 14 lead changes in the second half and Creighton held it for the last time at 74-73 on a layup by Korver with 1:12 remaining. The Bluejays failed to score the rest of the way.

Hogg gave the Shockers the lead for good when he took a pass from guard Fridge Holman and converted a layup.

Korver, who scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, missed a 3-point attempt with 38 seconds left and Wichita State's Jamar Howard converted a pair of free throws with 35 seconds remaining, increasing the lead to 77-74.

Korver missed a free throw with 21.2 seconds left and Howard grabbed the rebound and was again fouled, hitting 1-of-2 free throws.

Korver misfired on another jumper and fouled out with 11 seconds left. Bret Wise made two more free throws in the final seconds for Wichita State.

Howard finished with 18 points and Randy Burns added 13 for the Shockers.

A major scoring weapon off the bench this season, Hogg scored 18 of his points in the second half. He made the first five baskets of the half, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the first 3:32 and singlehandedly turned a 36-33 deficit into a 45-42 lead.

Averaging 18.1 points this season, Korver had more turnovers (3) than points (2) in the first half, but Creighton had a 36-33 lead at the break. In the second half, he hit three 3-pointers and committed just one turnover.

Mike Grimes had 14 points and Larry House added 12 for the Bluejays.

The Shockers may have been the underdog, but they had nearly twice as many free throws as Creighton, converting 23-of-32 from the line while the Bluejays were 11-of-17, and also held a 38-29 rebounding advantage.

The nation's top shooting team at 52 percent, Creighton was 47 percent from the field, converting 28-of-60.

Creighton raced to a 10-4 lead as center Brody Deren scored on a pair of layups in the first four minutes. Wichita State took its first lead at 16-15 when Hogg completed a three-point play with 11:41 left in the half.


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