WICHITA, Kansas (Ticker) -- Creighton is finding the road treacherous in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Jamar Howard scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting as Wichita State coasted to a 77-62 victory over the 24th-ranked Bluejays.
Creighton (13-2, 5-2 MVC) opened the season with 12 wins for its best start in 61 years. But the winning streak ended a week ago with an 82-73 defeat at Northern Iowa and Wichita State handed the Bluejays their second straight road loss.
"We didn't give them a fight, and that's disappointing," Creighton coach Dana Altman said. "But part of it was we got bogged down on offense. They really took us out of the game."
Howard, the preseason co-MVC Player of the Year, came within two points of matching his season high. He made 3-for-4 shots, 5-of-7 free throws and scored 11 points in the first half, when the Shockers (11-6, 4-3) built a commanding 39-22 lead.
Randy Burns added 15 points and Fridge Holman had 12 for Wichita State, which defeated Creighton for just the third time in the last 20 meetings. The Shockers bounced back from Saturday's home loss to Indiana State in which they blew a four-point lead with eight seconds to go.
"The hardest part was going from Saturday night - it tore your heart out - to getting them to play like they did tonight," Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon said. "We talked about a new season and right now, we're 1-0."
Nate Funk led the Bluejays with 17 points and Mike Grimes scored 12.
"Every team gets fired up to play Creighton," Grimes said. "We expect every team's best blow, and Howard gave it to us tonight."
Creighton scored the game's first four points, but Wichita State used a 10-0 run to pull away. Three-pointers by Rob Kampman and Matt Clark capped it and gave the Shockers an 18-7 lead with 11 1/2 minutes to go before halftime.
Michael Lindeman answered with a 3-pointer and Brody Deren hit a jumper to make it 18-12, but that was as close as the Bluejays got.
"Tonight our defense was the difference," Turgeon said. "We outrebounded them ... we really battled on the boards. Also, this is the first time we've been allowed to get to the foul line."
Wichita State had a 38-32 rebounding edge and made 24-of-37 free throws, compared to an 8-of-10 effort by Creighton.