The Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team won its 12th MVC Tournament title in program history while going back-to-back for the third time, with a 68-65 win over Wichita State on Sunday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Creighton (27-7), is now 9-0 all-time in MVC Tournament championship games in St. Louis.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening five minutes, going a combined 0-for-15 by the first media timeout. The Shockers wouldn’t make their first bucket until Nick Wiggins breakaway lay-up with 13:14 left in the first half. Creighton used a 13-4 run to open up a 19-7 lead. Ethan Wragge hit three three-pointers in that span, before WSU used a 10-2 run to get back in the game. Wragge’s fourth three-pointer of the first half to give Creighton a 30-28 lead at the break. Creighton’s lead grew to 10 with 8:22 to play at 54-44, but WSU put one more run together and got the game to one with 43.4 left.
Jahenns Manigat had a season-best 16 points to lead Creighton in scoring. Wragge finished with 15 points, Doug McDermott had 14 points and Gregory Echenique finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. McDermott was named Most Outstanding Player of the MVC Tournament, joining Kyle Korver as the second player in league history to twice win that honor.
The NCAA Tournament selection show will take place next Sunday at 5 pm on CBS. Creighton will be making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance all-time, and second consecutive. Watch postgame video courtesy of GoCreighton.com