WICHITA, Kan.- Senior Carl Hall scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Wichita State over No. 12 Creighton, 67-64, in front of a sold-out crowd at Charles Koch Arena on Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth double-double of the season for Hall in his second game back since injuring his hand against Tennessee on Demeber 13. Malcolm Armstead added 15 points and five assists for the Shockers.
Doug McDermott led Creighton (17-2, 6-1), scoring 25 points and grabbing six rebounds. Grant Gibbs added fourteen points and eight assists, while Gregory Echenique contributed thirteen rebounds.
Malcolm Armstead opened the scoring for Wichita State (17-2, 6-1) with a 3-point play that sent the 10,506 in the building to an early roar. The Shockers went on to take a 9-5 lead into the first media timeout.
A 3-pointer by Armstead and Cleanthony Early's runner in the lane, put the Shockers up, 20-14, with 11:54 to play in the first half.
Nick Wiggins scored his only points of the game on a 3-pointer with 3:31 remaining to put Wichita State up, 31-26.
Doug McDermott hit a 3-pointer for the Bluejays as time expired in the first half to cut the Shocker lead to 36-33. He finished the half with eleven points and three rebounds for Creighton.
Armstead's eleven points led Wichita State in scoring in the first half. Carl Hall added ten points and six rebounds. The Shockers shot 15-of-40 from the field and out-rebounded the Bluejays, 24-21.
McDermott started the second half as he ended the first half, as his 3-point bucket tied the game at 38 in the opening minute.
Back-to-back layups by Armstead and Demetric Williams put the Shockers up 47-42 at the 15:50 mark. Creighton would not go away however, going on a 7-0 run to take the lead, 52-51 with 12:21 remaining in the game.
A flagrant foul by Gibbs put Tekele Cotton at the line for Wichita State, where he hit both, to put the Shockers up 58-54. Then, back-to-back buckets by McDermott tied the game at 58 with 6:33 remaining.
Demetric Williams' layup put the Shockers up 64-61 at the 4:58 mark, where the score would stay until McDermott hit a jumper with 2:23 left, to cut the Wichita State lead to one.
A steal by Armstead and an ensuing free-throw by Hall put the Shockers up 65-63 with 47 seconds remaining. Gibbs then nailed a free-throw for Creighton to cut the Shocker lead to 65-64 before Malcolm Armstead put the game away with two free-throws of his own for the Shockers.
Wichita State will continue Missouri Valley Conference play when they head to Springfield, Mo. to take on Missouri State on Wednesday, January 23. Tip is set for 7 p.m.