WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Kyle Korver lost his stroke, found it for a
while -- and then lost it again, just when his team most needed a
lift from its star senior forward.
Creighton's leading scorer hit several clutch shots after a
disastrous first half Saturday, but his three misses down the
stretch helped Wichita State upset the 12th-ranked Bluejays 80-74 --
the Shockers' first win over a ranked team since 1990.
Aaron Hogg scored the go-ahead layup with just under a minute
left and led the Shockers (14-8, 9-4) with 27 points. Wichita State
went 5-for-6 from the line in the final 32 seconds. All of those
points came after misses by Korver.
"Kyle didn't play very well,'' Creighton coach Dana Altman
said. "We've put a tremendous amount of pressure on him all year,
and the last couple of weeks he hasn't been playing as well as he
can play. We've got to find some of the pressure off of him.''
It was the second streaky game in a row for Korver, who led
Creighton (22-3, 12-2 Missouri Valley) with 15 points. On
Wednesday, he struggled for the game's first 35 minutes but
finished with 16 points in a 70-67 overtime win over Southwest
But center Brody Deren said Korver shouldn't take all of the
"I think sometimes we look at him the way everybody else looks
at him and expect him to do everything for us,'' said Deren, who
had eight points but was held to two rebounds. "We need to look at
him as just another teammate and do things to help him out.''
Jamar Howard added three key late free throws and 18 points for
the Shockers, whose last previous win over a ranked team was a
74-71 overtime victory against No. 12 Alabama on Dec. 4, 1990.
His defense also held Korver -- who came in leading Creighton
with 18.1 points per game -- to two points on 1-for-4 shooting in
the first half.
"I wouldn't say I really held him,'' Howard said. "He's a
great player. I just tried to keep him outside, and he just wasn't
hitting his shots.''
The Bluejays were still up 56-52 midway through the second half
before Wichita State went on an 18-7 run, capped by Fridge Holman's
3-pointer for a 70-65 lead with 4:45 left.
Mike Grimes dunked and hit a follow shot to put the Bluejays
back up 72-71 with 2:13 to go, but Holman -- who scored seven of his
10 points in the second half -- answered with a bucket to give
Wichita State a 73-72 lead with 1:54 left.
Korver scored underneath with 1:11 left to give the Bluejays the
lead again at 74-73. Then, after Hogg scored off a feed from Holman
to put the Shockers up 75-74, the Shockers made Creighton pay for
Korver's missed shots.
Howard hit two free throws after rebounding Korver's missed
3-point try with 35 seconds left, then added one more free throw
after pulling in Korver's missed free throw -- on his only attempt
from the line -- with 21.2 seconds left.
"That was the worst, right there,'' Korver said. "I don't miss
Korver fouled out with 11.1 seconds to go after missing a
2-point try that Bret Wise rebounded, and Wise hit both free throws
for Wichita State's final points.
Randy Burns had 13 points for Wichita State.
Grimes scored 14 points, Larry House had 12 and Nate Funk
finished with 10 for Creighton.
Hogg, who also had 10 rebounds as Wichita State outrebounded the
Bluejays 38-29, single-handedly led the Shockers early in the
second half, scoring all 12 of their points in the first 3:32 after
the break. He hit two 3-pointers and went 4-for-5 from the line as
Wichita State took a 45-42 lead after trailing 36-33 at the half.
"We've known all year that Aaron can score,'' Wichita State
coach Mark Turgeon said. "It's the offensive rebounding he was
doing during that stretch that we want to see more of.''
Korver had more turnovers (three) than points in the first half.
He hit three 3-pointers and committed one turnover after the break.
"That first half was the worst I've played all year,'' he
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