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SMS 70, Creighton 46

2/28/2004

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Blake Ahearn came off the bench and
scored 15 points to lead Southwest Missouri State to a 70-46 win
over Creighton Saturday.

After trading baskets at the start of the second half, Southwest
Missouri State (17-12, 9-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference) went
on a 22-2 run to go ahead 58-30 with 8:59 left.

For Creighton, once ranked No. 24 on the AP poll after opening
the season 12-0, Saturday's loss was its worst defeat of the season
and extended its losing streak to three, the longest streak since
Creighton lost four straight in the 1999-2000 season.

Southwest Missouri State shot 47 percent from the field on 24 of
51 while Creighton (19-7, 11-6) struggled with 30 percent from the
field on 11 of 44 while committing 20 turnovers.

Nathan Bilyeu scored 12 points for Southwest Missouri and
Monwell Randle added 10.

Johnny Mathies led Creighton with 14 and Nate Funk added 10.