Joe Ragland scored 24 points, Ben Smith matched his career high with 22 and Wichita State moved a step closer to the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship on Saturday with an 89-68 victory over No. 17 Creighton.
Wichita State (22-4, 13-2) has won 12 of its last 13 games and
20 of 22, while the Bluejays (21-5, 11-4) have lost three straight.
The Shockers won with limited help from 7-footer Garrett Stutz,
who played only 13 minutes because of foul trouble and finished
with eight points. They shot 59 percent from the floor, made eight
3-pointers and hit all 17 of their free throws. Ragland and Smith
combined to go 17 for 24 from the floor.
Smith helped neutralize Creighton's Doug McDermott, who had 13
points on 5-of-14 shooting. Gregory Echenique led the Bluejays with
Wichita State led 49-36 at halftime.