OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Two weeks of sluggish performances had
Creighton coach Dana Altman concerned his (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) Bluejays had peaked too soon.
Altman had no worries Wednesday night as Creighton showed its
early season form in a 77-54 victory over Indiana State.
Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, and
the Bluejays held Indiana State to 37 percent shooting after the
break to pull away from a 36-29 lead.
"We played really hard tonight,'' Altman said. "That was one
of our better efforts in a while. We played with more passion and a
little more bite in our defense.''
Creighton (23-3, 13-2 Missouri Valley Conference) came into the
game off an 80-74 loss at Wichita State on Saturday. In the game
before that, the Bluejays had to overcome a 17-point deficit on
their home court before beating Southwest Missouri State 70-67 in
Indiana State, the league's last-place team, made a game of it
for 20 minutes but offered little resistance in the second half.
The Bluejays, who have won eight of the last nine against
Indiana State, beat the Sycamores 74-46 on Jan. 29 in Terre Haute.
"We blow teams out the first time we play them,'' said Larry
House, who scored nine of his 13 points after halftime. "The
second time we play them we just take them for granted and they
come out and pop us a little. We wanted to come out and keep our
focus and play Indiana State like they were on top of the
The Bluejays, the nation's top shooting team, shot 57.7 percent
in the second half and 52.6 percent for the game. They also held a 36-22 rebounding advantage.
Brody Deren added 12 points and six rebounds for Creighton.
David Moss had 17 points for Indiana State (6-19, 2-12), which
lost for the 12th time in 13 games and is winless in 11 road games
After Moss scored on Indiana State's opening possession of the
second half to pull the Sycamores within 36-29, Creighton rolled
off 15 straight points to break open the game.
The Sycamores went scoreless on nine straight possessions as
Creighton built a 51-29 lead. The Bluejays led by as many as 31
points, 73-42, after Nate Funk made a 3-pointer with 3:41 left.
The Sycamores scored just six points the first 8:34 of the
"It's defense, man,'' Korver said. "We've been pretty hard on
ourselves about playing some 'D,' and tonight we finally did that.
We had a lot more energy, and that was the key.''
Indiana State, which came into the game shooting an MVC-low 39.5
percent from the field, kept it close in the first half by shooting
"We came out aggressive and kind of kept it close,'' Moss said.
"In the second half they opened it up and we didn't do near as
good a job.''
The Sycamores committed 13 of their 18 turnovers in the first
half and were outrebounded 15-12. They never led again after
surrendering a 12-11 lead midway through the half.
"Eighteen turnovers isn't astronomical,'' Indiana State coach
Royce Waltman said, "but too many of them led to easy baskets for
them. Creighton is very good. Just a little too good for us right