S. Illinois 69, Creighton 63
OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—Darren Brooks scored 15 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 69-63 victory over Creighton on Sunday.
Trailing 51-50, the Salukis (12-3, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) got a four-point play by Jamaal Tatum, who was fouled while shooting a successful 3-pointer.
After Creighton (10-5, 2-2) tied it on a 3-pointer by Johnny Mathies, Brooks and Stetson Hairston followed with 3-pointers, and LaMar Owen’s putback helped build a 62-56 lead with 1:05 to play.
Creighton closed to 65-63 on Kellen Miliner’s 3-pointer with 21 seconds left only to have Tony Young and Brooks make two free throws each to wrap it up.
Hairston and Tatum finished with 13 points apiece and Young had 10 for the Salukis, who are vying for their fourth straight MVC title.
Nate Funk scored 19 points and Mathies and Miliner had 11 each for Creighton.
Both teams shot 58 percent (14-of-24) in a spirited first half, which ended with Creighton leading 32-31. The Salukis led by as many as seven early, but Creighton came back to go ahead 23-22 with 6:58 left.
SIU led 31-27 before the Bluejays scored the final five points of the half.
The Salukis were cold to start the second half, making only one of their first 10 shots. But Creighton couldn’t capitalize, building only a five-point lead before Southern Illinois came back.
SIU shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the field and Creighton 52 percent. Both teams had 17 turnovers, and SIU had a 29-25 edge in rebounds.