The Creighton Bluejays entered the Missouri Valley Conference championship tournament as the No. 2 seed. They seemed like the easy favorite against the seventh-seeded Drake Bulldogs, but found themselves struggling to stay ahead for much of the game. In the end, they managed to defeat their rivals and advance to Saturday's semifinals by a final score of 68-61.
Creighton held just a slim 35-34 lead after the first half. They managed to stretch out the lead a bit in the second half, at one point leading by 11 points. The Bulldogs battled back and came to within five with a minute left in the game. Creighton managed to hold on for the win, however, now moving on to face the winner of the game between the Evansville Aces and the Missouri St. Bears.
Creighton guard Doug McDermott easily led all scorers in the game with 26 points, just missing out on a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds.
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