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Fresno State 62

(13-11, 6-6 WAC)

Creighton 67

(18-7, 11-5 MVC)

    12:00 AM ET, February 19, 2006

    CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

    1 2 T
    FRES 26 3662
    CREI 35 3267

    Creighton holds off Fresno State down stretch

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points, Johnny Mathies 13 and Nick Porter 12 to lead Creighton to a 67-62 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

    Running Down
    BracketBusters Saturday
    Winner Busted Final
    No. Iowa Bucknell 65-61 (2OT)
    Iona Buffalo 93-75
    Kent State Butler 80-76 (OT)
    Missouri St. Wis.-Milw. 72-63
    Western Ky. No. Arizona 79-58
    Old Dominion Marist 84-71
    La. Tech So. Illinois 54-51
    George Mason Wichita St. 70-67
    Ohio Samford 64-52
    Utah State Northwestern St. 66-63
    Creighton Fresno State 67-62

    Creighton (18-7) never trailed while improving its record at home to 13-1 this season.

    Quinton Hosley had 19 points, Dwight O'Neil 17 and Ja'Vance Coleman 12 for the Bulldogs (13-11).

    Trailing by nine, the Bulldogs started the second half with an 11-4 run, making three 3-pointers to close to 39-37. But an 11-2 run by the Bluejays made it 50-39 with 13:09 to play.

    Fresno State clawed back and, after Creighton missed two straight layups, back-to-back 3-pointer by Donovan Morris brought the Bulldogs within three with 9:36 left.

    It was 54-51 with 5:18 to play when Creighton used a 10-3 run to go ahead 64-54 with 1:44 left.

    The Bulldogs, who had nine 3-pointers to Creighton's four, closed to 64-60 with six straight points, but Porter made two free throws with 22 seconds left to offset a layup by O'Neil.

    Creighton got out to a 14-2 lead. The quick burst was highlighted by two 3-pointers by Jimmy Motz and one by Mathies. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to six with three 3-pointers, two by Coleman. His second 3 started a four-point play.

    The Bluejays had a 36-26 edge in rebounding and shot 49 percent. The Bulldogs made 37 percent (20-54) from the field.

    The game tipped off at 11 p.m. CST to accommodate a national ESPN telecast. Despite the late start and temperatures near zero, attendance was 15,700 -- the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in Nebraska.

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