OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Brody Deren and Nate Funk scored 13 points
apiece to lead three Creighton players in double figures Wednesday
night and the Bluejays survived a late Nebraska charge to beat
their in-state rival 61-54.
The game was witnessed by a Qwest Center crowd of 15,561 that
ranked as the largest ever for a basketball game in the state. The
previous record attendance was 15,038 for an Oklahoma
State-Nebraska game in Lincoln in 1981.
Creighton (5-0) used a 10-0 run at the end of the first half to
break a 23-23 tie and never let the Cornhuskers (5-1) pull closer
than three points the rest of the way.
The Bluejays have now won five straight in the series between
the state's two Division I basketball programs. Nebraska leads the
all-time series 21-15.
Creighton started its decisive run with 3:37 left in the first
half. Deren scored four points, Kellen Miliner and Mike Grimes hit
two free throws apiece and Nate Funk put back a Deren miss as the
Bluejays took their biggest lead.
The Jays maintained an eight- to 10-point lead the first 10
minutes of the second half, but Jake Muhleisen's basket pulled the
Huskers to 50-44. After Miliner dribbled the ball off his foot out
of bounds, the Huskers missed on three opportunities to move within
A Deren jumper with 3:18 left restored the Bluejays' 10-point
lead, at 55-45.
Muhleisen's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left got the Huskers
Creighton's Tyler McKinney almost got called for a 10-second
violation in the backcourt while getting pressured by Charles
Richardson. McKinney got off a long pass to Joe Dabbert, who made
two free throws with 27.9 seconds left to make it a six-point game.
But Drevo hit a 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left to move the
Huskers to 57-54.
Funk made two free throws, and then Creighton finished off the
Huskers when Johnny Mathies stole the ball from Muhleisen and drove
in for a layup to produce the final margin.
Grimes added 12 points for Creighton.
Drevo led the Huskers with 21 points and nine rebounds, and
Muhleisen had 12 points.
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