Indiana State 55

(10-19, 5-12 MVC)

Creighton 74

(19-10, 10-7 MVC)

    2:05 PM ET, February 26, 2005

    CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

    1 2 T
    INST 21 3455
    CREI 37 3774

    Top Performers

    Indiana St: D. Moss 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Creighton: J. Mathies 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Creighton 74, Indiana State 55

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nate Funk scored 18 points and Johnny Mathies added 16 to lead Creighton to a 74-55 victory over Indiana State on Saturday, extending the Bluejays' winning streak to four games.

    Tyler McKinney scored 12 points as the Bluejays (19-10, 10-7 Missouri Valley Conference) won for the fifth time in six games. Until their current winning streak, they had won only two straight once since starting the season 7-0.

    Indiana State (10-18, 5-12) was led by David Moss with 18 points and Eric Gray with 11.

    The Sycamores, who trailed by 16 at halftime, scored the first six points of the second half to get within 10 but couldn't sustain their rally.

    It was 40-27 when Jimmy Motz hit back-to-back 3-pointers to boost the lead to 18. Motz, who didn't take a shot in the first half, hit his third 3-pointer to make it 51-32.

    The teams traded baskets for the next 10 minutes before McKinney scored five straight points to make it 65-47 with less than six minutes left. The Sycamores didn't get closer than 15 the rest of the way.

    The Bluejays, who shot 58 percent (14-for-24) in the first half, led 26-13 less than four minutes before halftime. After the Sycamores closed to 28-21, Creighton closed the half with a 9-0 run to lead 37-21.

    The teams split their season series, with Indiana State winning 76-74 at home on Dec. 22. However, Creighton has won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the teams.

    In a postgame ceremony, the Bluejays honored McKinney and Kellen Miliner, their two seniors.

    McKinney, a four-year starter, received a standing ovation when he was pulled with 2:19 left. A similar tribute was accorded Miliner a minute later.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 74
    FG Made-Attempted 21-56 (.375) 28-51 (.549)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-11 (.364) 9-20 (.450)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 9-10 (.900)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 21

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