Creighton vs Illinois State

No. 23 Creighton escapes at Illinois St.

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NORMAL, Ill. -- Doug McDermott reached the 20-point mark for the 13th time this season and No. 23 Creighton benefited from some untimely fouls by Illinois State.

Johnny Hill missed a tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left and got himself ejected nine seconds later for a hard foul. After the two technicals were assessed, the crowd threw debris on the court, causing a third technical.

Creighton wound up making nine free throws down the stretch to pull away for an 87-78 win Friday night.

"We beat a really good basketball team tonight," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "We knew it was going to be tough coming in here tonight. And it was."

Hill made two big 3-pointers in the final five minutes. His second one cut Creighton's lead to 77-75 with a minute left.

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"We are in the middle of a very tough three-game stretch and, given that, I was amazed we were only down a possession with less than a minute to go."

Ethan Wragge made two 3-pointers shortly after halftime to help the Bluejays (15-2, 5-1) get out to a 64-46 lead.

Bryant Allen scored 29 points for Illinois State.

"We had no answer for Allen tonight," McDermott said. "None. He beat us off the dribble. He beat us off the screen. He's just a very good player and he showed it tonight."

Jackie Carmichael had 14 points for ISU, and Hill finished with 9.

Jahenns Maigat and Ethan Wragge scored 14 points each for Creighton and Gregory Echenique had 10 rebounds.

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Scoreboard
Creighton #23 (15-2) «404787
Illinois State (11-6)354378
CREIGH:D. McDermott 20 Pts
CREIGH:G. Echenique 10 Reb
CREIGH:G. Gibbs 10 Ast
ILST:B. Allen 29 Pts
ILST:T. Brown 5 Reb
ILST:B. Allen 3 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
CreightonIllinois State
CREIGH
Grant Gibbs
ILST
Bryant Allen
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
127102933
Creighton Bluejays
G. Gibbs, G373-86-8710312
A. Young, G345-93-605113
D. McDermott, F349-141-391020
G. Echenique, C213-51-210047
J. Manigat, G194-52-230114
J. Jones, G211-40-03112
E. Wragge, F195-70-020014
A. Chatman, G61-10-00013
W. Artino, C51-30-03012
A. Dingman, G40-00-01010
R. Ferrarini, GDid Not Play
M. Dorwart, FDid Not Play
D. Sebastian, G-FDid Not Play
T. Stormberg, GDid Not Play
G. Groselle, CDid Not Play
N. Johnson, G-FDid Not Play
M. Oginni, FDid Not Play
A. Olsen, FDid Not Play
Totals 32-5613-2138171387
 57.1%61.9% 
Illinois State Redbirds
J. Ekey, F281-80-04212
N. Moore, G282-71-12325
J. Carmichael, F266-92-341314
T. Brown, G263-111-25318
J. Wilkins, G223-60-04046
B. Allen, G2911-172-233329
A. Cousin, G222-40-12225
J. Threloff, C91-20-00012
J. Hill, G93-40-12057
Z. Upshaw, G10-10-00000
T. Blue, GDid Not Play
D. Clark, GDid Not Play
J. Jones, FDid Not Play
N. Zeisloft, GDid Not Play
Totals 32-696-1026142278
 46.4%60.0% 
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Villanova16-233-32
Butler12-623-1131
Georgetown12-622-1125
Providence11-722-1222
St. Johns10-821-1244
Xavier9-923-1430
Seton Hall6-1216-1597
DePaul6-1212-20197
Creighton4-1414-19151
Marquette4-1413-19147

Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-130-517
N. Iowa16-231-414
Illinois St.11-722-1362
Indiana St.11-715-16190
Evansville9-924-12119
Loyola-Chi.8-1024-13123
Drake6-129-22269
Missouri St.5-1311-20247
So. Illinois4-1412-21278
Bradley3-159-24288
 
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