<
>

Creighton shoots 80 percent in second half

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nate Funk and Kellen Miliner scored 15 points apiece and Creighton shot 80 percent in the second half to come
from behind for a 72-63 victory over Illinois State on Saturday
night.

Creighton (14-2, 6-2 Missouri Valley Conference) beat the
Redbirds for the eighth straight time and extended its
school-record home winning streak to 27 games.

Illinois State (5-11, 1-7) has lost all eight of its road games
this season.

No. 24 Creighton trailed by seven points late in the first
half. But the Bluejays avoided a third loss in four games by
finding their shooting touch in the second half.

Creighton, down three points at halftime after shooting 44.4
percent the first 20 minutes, made 15 of their first 17 shots after
the break and 16 of 20 for the half.

Trey Guidry led the Redbirds with 16 points.

The Bluejays went ahead 31-30 for its first lead since early in
the game when Nate Funk drove the lane for an easy layup.

After Mike Grimes stuffed Marcus Arnold under the basket, Brody
Deren made a hook shot to put Creighton up 33-30 less than two
minutes into the second half.

Deren drew a charge by Najeeb Echols, and then Grimes scored
along the baseline for a five-point Creighton advantage.

But the Redbirds came back, with Guidry's 3 and Vince Greene's
layin off a steal tying it at 35.

Illinois State took its last lead, 39-37, on Greg Dilligard's
basket with 15:17 left.

Then the Bluejays then went on their decisive run, outscoring
the Redbirds 19-5 over an eight-minute stretch to lead 56-44. Funk
hit two 3-pointers, Miliner had five points and Grimes four during
the spurt.

Illinois State shot 61.9 percent in the first half, offsetting
10 turnovers, as it took a 30-27 halftime lead.

The Redbirds' widest margin of the half, 27-20, came on Echols'
nice move inside.

Grimes' basket and Nate Funk's 3-pointer got the Bluejays within
two points, but Gregg Alexander countered with a 3 and the Redbirds
led by three at the break.

The crowd of 14,313 was the largest ever to watch a
regular-season MVC game.

NCAAM News