Creighton beat Indiana State 73-62 last night behind a career night for Justin Carter who had highs with 17 points and 8 rebounds, plus four steals and two blocked shots. P’Allen Stinnett got hot in the second half scoring 10 of CU’s 14 points to break open a tie game into a nine point advantage.
Sycamores guard Harry Marshall converted a three-point play with 8:49 to play for the seventh and final tie of the game before Stinnett took over. The preseason all-MVC pick, held scoreless in the first 31 minutes, dented the scoreboard for the first time on a putback of a missed Kenton Walker free throw to give CU a 48-46 lead with 8:37 remaining.
Stinnett would also add a pair of three-pointers during a 10-3 run as the Jays went ahead 56-49 with 5:51 left. CU’s lead reached double-figures for the first time at 63-53 with 3:06 left on a Stinnett free throw. The Valley’s top-shooting team at the line would make just 7-of-14 at the line in the final four minutes, but it would enough to hold off a pesky Indiana State team.
The win was the 164th in Missouri Valley Conference play for Creighton coach Dana Altman, passing Eddie Hickey for second in league history.
Creighton is now 16-6 overall and moves into fourth in the MVC with a 6-4 mark, while Indiana State dropped to 4-17 and is 2-8 overall.
Click to listen to Altman’s comments on Carter and Stinnett.