Ragland helps Wichita State top No. 17 Creighton

ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Published:

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- 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 16 points.

Wichita State led 49-36 at halftime.