ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Kyle Korver and Creighton must be living right.
Korver nailed a key 3-pointer with 1:31 left and the 19th-ranked Bluejays held on for a 70-69 victory over Wichita State to advance to the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Creighton (28-4) will meet top-seeded Southern Illinois on Monday after posting its second straight one-point victory. The Bluejays, who won 57-56 over Indiana State on Saturday, trailed by as many as 13 points before using their three-quarter court pressure defense to wear down the Shockers.
Korver came off a screen and drilled his 3-pointer to give Creighton a 68-66 lead with 91 seconds to go. The MVC Player of the Year, Korver finished with 19 points to lead the Bluejays.
Wichita State (18-11) missed a pair of golden opportunities to answer. Aaron Hogg missed a short shot inside with 61 seconds left that would have tied the game.
The Shockers got back the ball and Randy Burns came off a double-screen for a wide-open 3-pointer at the top of the key that rimmed out. Creighton's Brody Deren rebounded, was fouled and missed both free throws.
Burns tried to bring up the ball, but the Bluejays' DeAnthony Bowden knocked the ball away right into the arms of teammate Larry House, who called a timeout. House dunked off a perfect inbounds from Michael Lindeman with nine seconds left for a 70-66 cushion.
Burns drilled a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer for Wichita State. He led the Shockers with 21 points, but had just eight after halftime.
Korver scored just three points in the first half for the second straight night, before coming alive to nail three 3-pointers over the final 20 minutes.
Wichita State used a 12-2 spurt to take a 22-14 lead on a jumper by Burns with 10:22 left before halftime. Paul Miller's three-point play provided a 38-25 advantage and the Shockers held a 40-30 edge at halftime.
Korver nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 44-40 early in the second half and a layup by Mike Grimes at the 10:39 mark finally got the Bluejays even at 49-49.
A pair of foul shots by Grimes capped a run of six straight points by Creighton, which took its first lead of the second half at 63-61 with 5:10 left. The Shockers got a layup by Bret Wise and a foul shot by Hogg to reclaim a one-point lead.
Deren blocked a shot by Marcus Howard before connecting on a jumper for a one-point lead for the Bluejays. Jerome Holman fed Hogg for an easy layup and a 66-65 edge before Korver's final 3-pointer.
House scored 12 points and Grimes, Funk and Deren all netted 10 for Creighton, which also held a 44-37 advantage on the glass. The Bluejays overcame 17 turnovers, with Deren committing a season-high five.
Hogg came off the bench for 12 points, Miller added nine and Holman had five assists. The Shockers have lost nine of their last 10 meetings with the Bluejays.