Notes from Saturday's game at Koch Arena:
Check and mate
Wichita State held Creighton forward Doug McDermott to 12 points, his lowest output of the season. He entered the game averaging 24.8 points, second in the nation.
Every time he touched the ball, Shockers swarmed him. He made 4 of 9 shots and committed four turnovers. Once the Bluejays saw the strategy, they adjusted to get guards Antoine Young and Grant Gibbs more involved.
"They were trying to pack it in and make it difficult to get Doug touches," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "It took us a little while to figure out what was there. Once we did that, we got easy baskets. We got the floor opened up. Antoine and Grant got into the teeth of the defense and were able to get some layups."
Gibbs scored all 11 of his points in the second half. He played only nine minutes in the first half after picking up two fouls. Young led Creighton with 19 points, 10 in the second half.
Thanks a lot, Bears
Missouri State stunned Creighton and the rest of the conference with its 77-65 win in Omaha on Wednesday. WSU coach Gregg Marshall knew that game didn't help the Shockers.
"They lost, so it's a wakeup call," he said. "You're always a little more hungry after a loss. We tried to get our guys to be as hungry, if not more. There were parts of the game that we were."
It doesn't matter how hungry a team is if shoots as poorly as WSU did on Saturday. The Shockers shots 37.9 percent in the first half and 28.6 percent in the second half. After missing eight of 12 threes in the first half, they missed 13 of 14 in the second.
"Our offense was pretty average at best the second half," Marshall said. "Shots that have been going down and shots that need to go down for us to be successful weren't there. If we held them to 19 percent (from three-point range) we would certainly take some credit, so they deserve some credit there."
Creighton trailed 39-31 at halftime. The Bluejays wasted no time recapturing the momentum out of the locker room.
"We had to get back to playing defense the way we did the first 8-10 minutes of the game," Creighton guard Grant Gibbs said. "We were able to refocus at halftime defensively. Just emphasizing getting stops, and that's really what carried us the second half."
The Shockers helped with a stumbling start, turning the ball over on their first possession. Garrett Stutz and Toure Murry missed shots and then Antoine Young stole the ball from Murry. A charging foul on Carl Hall gave Creighton another turnover.
Creighton cut the lead to 39-35 on a layup by Young after his steal.
That got the Bluejays back in the game for good.
"Our intensity went down in the second half," WSU forward Carl Hall said. "We stopped getting offensvie rebounds and gave them second-chance points."
Creighton ended WSU's streak of four victories over ranked opponents in Koch Arena. The Bluejays won in Wichita for the first time since 2008.... Brett Jolly, a 6-foot-9 junior center at Southlake (Texas) Carroll High, watched Saturday's game.... Creighton assistant coach Steve Lutz earned a technical foul complaining about a foul call on Will Artino in the first half. The call helped WSU build a three-point possession and cut the lead to 19-15.... WSU assistant coach Dana Ford enjoys one good memory of playing Creighton on New Year's Eve. While playing at Illinois State, he made a half-court shot to beat the Bluejays 53-50 on Dec. 31, 2005