Southern Illinois 58, Creighton 57

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Bryan Mullins layup with 4.1 seconds left gave Southern Illinois a 58-57 win over Creighton in front of a record crowd Saturday at the Qwest Center.

The Salukis (15-5), who have won seven straight in the series, overcame a second-half surge by the Bluejays to pull into a tie with Creighton for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference at 6-3.

Southern Illinois set the tone for the first half with its defense. The Salukis, ranked ninth nationally in scoring defense coming in, held Creighton without a field goal for the first 5:43 and scoreless for a six-minute stretch a short time later.

The Bluejays (12-7) opened the game 0-for-8 from the field, missed 13 of their first 16 shots and didnt hit double figures until Nate Funk sank a pair of free throws with 5:09 left in the half.

Southern Illinois had a 12-point lead at one point and was up 28-23 at the half after hitting 50 percent (10 of 20) of its field-goal attempts, including 6 of 8 from three-point range. But Creighton rallied in the second half, using a 14-3 run to go from down by seven to up 50-43.

Randal Falker scored 15 of his 21 points after halftime as the Salukis battled back to tie the game at 55-55 with 1:06 to play. Jamaal Tatum gave Southern Illinois a one-point lead on a free throw with 49 seconds left.

Creighton moved back in front with 18 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Nick Porter.

The Bluejays hit 26 of their 30 foul shots, including 26 of their last 27. Nate Funk had 18 points for Creighton, but had a 25-foot bank shot go in and out at the buzzer.

Attendance at the game was 17,459.