Scores

Final

Missouri State 56

(7-2, 0-1 MVC)

Creighton 78

(7-2, 1-0 MVC)

    8:05 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

    1 2 T
    MOSU 30 2656
    CREI 36 4278

    Top Performers

    Missouri St: S. Frazier 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Creighton: J. Mathies 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 5 Stl

    Creighton 78, Missouri State 56

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Anthony Tolliver and Johnny Mathies scored 18 points each and Jeffrey Day pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Creighton to a 78-56 win over Missouri State on Wednesday night.

    The game was the Missouri Valley Conference season opener for both teams.

    The Bluejays (7-2, 1-0 MVC) also got 13 points from Dane Watts and 10 from Nick Porter. Freshman guard Josh Dotzler had 9 points and five assists.

    Blake Ahearn led Missouri State (7-2, 0-1) with 13 points. Sky Frazier added 11 and Kellen Easley had 10.

    Missouri State averaged 89 points in its eight nonconference games, winning by 21 points per game. But the Bears had difficulty at both ends against the Bluejays.

    Creighton used a 10-2 run to open the second half to lead 46-32. The teams started trading baskets, but the Bluejays used 3-pointers by Dominic Bishop, Watts, Porter and Mathies to go ahead 62-42 with 10:28 to play.

    A 12-5 run got the Bears within 13, but they never cut the deficit to single digits the rest of the way.

    Creighton, trailing 9-8, went on a 9-0 run in a span of 1:53 and led for the final 14 minutes of the first half, which ended 36-30. Tolliver scored 8 straight points for Creighton and Porter ended the half with a 3-pointer.

    The Bluejays shot 48.1 percent (27-for-58) and made eight 3-pointers. The Bears shot 33 percent (20-58) and had two 3-pointers.

    Creighton played without starters Nate Funk (shoulder) and Pierce Hibma (knee), and key reserve Jimmy Motz (stress fracture). Funk, a preseason choice for MVC player of the year, missed his fifth straight game but may return next week.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MOSU
    CREI
    Points 56 78
    FG Made-Attempted 20-58 (.345) 27-58 (.466)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-14 (.143) 8-18 (.444)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 16-22 (.727)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 22

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