Creighton 59, Indiana St. 38
ST. LOUIS (AP)—Nate Funk had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Creighton held Indiana State to 23 percent shooting in a 59-38 victory in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday night.
Anthony Tolliver added 11 points for the second-seeded Bluejays (20-10), who trailed 17-15 with 7:44 to go in the first half before pulling away in a ragged game. Creighton reached 20 victories for a conference-record ninth straight season and has won 16 of the last 19 against Indiana State (13-18) in a run dating to 2000, although the team split regular-season meetings this season.
Adam Arnold had nine points for Indiana State, which finished on a 2-14 skid that ensured a sixth consecutive losing season that cost coach Royce Waltman his job. Waltman was 59-118 during that period and confirmed after the loss that his contract would not be renewed.
The Sycamores, who beat Illinois State in a lead-in game Thursday night, have finished among the bottom four of the conference the last five years.
Indiana State’s point total was a season low and the shooting percentage was its second-worst. Jay Tunnell, who had a total of 30 points the previous two games, missed all four shots and was scoreless.
Creighton missed 12 of its first 15 shots before ending the first half on a 17-3 run, picking up speed in the final 7 1/2 minutes. Funk scored eight of his 12 first-half points and Isacc Miles hit a pair of 3-pointers, the second from deep in the corner with 35 seconds to go for a 32-20 lead at the break.
The Bluejays opened the second half on a 10-2 run that made it 42-22 with 16:28 to go. Coach Dana Altman won his 17th conference tournament game, tied for the most with Southern Illinois’ Rich Herrin.