Creighton surged to a 23-8 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back, avenging a buzzer-beating loss to Indiana State two weeks ago with an 83-69 victory over the Sycamores on Saturday afternoon before 16,044 fans at Qwest Center Omaha.
Creighton snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 14-9 on the year, 6-5 in the MVC. Indiana State lost its third straight game and is now 12-10 overall, 7-4 in the MVC.
Creighton got off to its best home start of the conference slate, soaring to a 23-8 lead just eight minutes into the game. The early explosion featured eight points from Doug McDermott and seven more from Antoine Young. The Jays made 7-of-11 shots to start the game, including 3-of-3 from downtown, en route to the 15-point advantage.
Indiana State got back in the game with a 10-0 run, a burst that started with consecutive treys by reserve RJ Mahurin, to get within 23-18, before CU’s Young scored in transition to end a four-minute scoring drought. ISU would get as close as seven points on three occasions late in the half, including its 36-29 halftime deficit.
McDermott led Creighton with 16 points in the first half, while Young had nine. Creighton shot 11-of-27 from the field (40.7 percent), including 5-of-9 from downtown, and also hit 9-of-11 at the line. ISU was paced by 10 from Jake Odum. The Sycamores were 11-of-28 from the field in the first half, but plagued by 11 turnovers.
Indiana State got as close as four points (36-32), and the home fans were restless after Young checked out with three fouls and 14:00 remained and the Jays up six (46-40). But an 11-0 run, fueled by a three-pointer from Manigat and drive by Ashford, put CU up 57-40 with 11:10 minutes to go.
Indiana State got as close as eight points in the final minutes, which turned into a late free-throw shooting contest after persistent fouls. The Jays closed out the game by making 13-of-18 at the foul line in the final five minutes to hold off the Sycamores.
McDermott led Creighton with 25 points and seven rebounds while registering a career-high with four assists. Young added 19 points while Josh Jones had 11 points off the bench. Creighton shot 46.8 percent for the day, including 8-for-17 from downtown, and were 31-of-41 from the line. Creighton also forced a season-high 20 turnovers by ISU.