WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State pulled No. 12 Creighton back to the pack in the Missouri Valley Conference race.
Wichita State survived missed free throws and two tying attempts by Creighton to defeat the Bluejays 67-64 on Saturday at Koch Arena.
Malcolm Armstead provided the cushion, making two free throws with 15.2 seconds to play. Creighton's Ethan Wragge missed a corner three after that and WSU's Carl Hall rebounded. He missed two foul shots with 7.1 seconds to play, giving the Bluejays (17-2, 6-1 MVC) another chance. Wragge's shot from well behind the arc was too hard and the Shockers (17-2, 6-1) celebrated.
Hall led WSU with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Armstead added 15 points. Doug McDermott led Creighton with 25 points.
Creighton made 8 of 20 3-pointers. WSU made 4 of 23, but blistered Creighton on the backboards. The Shockers grabbed 26 offensive rebounds and scored 23 second-chance points.
Hall missed three straight free throws before making one for a 65-63 lead with 34 seconds to play. Creighton's Grant Gibbs missed one foul shot and made one to cut the lead to one with 34 seconds to play. WSU broke Creighton's press to run time off the clock before the Bluejays fouled Armstead with 15.2 seconds to play. He made both for a 67-64 lead.
Creighton's 7-0 run, capped by Austin Chatman's jumper, provided its first lead, 52-51.
WSU started strong, rebounding and running for two three-point plays early in the game. The Shockers led 9-5 after Demetric Williams' layup.
Creighton missed seven of its first nine shots, helping WSU get into its fast break.
Armstead pushed the lead to 18-14 with a 3-pointer. He added another to put WSU up 23-16.
Creighton's outside shooting prevented the Shockers from pulling away. The Bluejays made 4 of 7 threes, capped by Doug McDermott's from the top of the key to end the first half. The Shockers led 36-33 after giving up a 6-0 run to end the half.
McDermott led Creighton with 11 first-half points. Armstead matched that for WSU.
WSU missed 12 of 15 threes in the first half. Foul trouble also affected the Shockers. Ehimen Orukpe, Carl Hall and Cleanthony Early all played limited minutes after a second foul.