Illinois State edges Creighton 67-63

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—Osiris Eldridge and Dinma Odiakosa scored 12 points each as Illinois State edged Creighton 67-63 on Saturday.

The victory allowed the Redbirds (18-8, 9-6) to move into third place in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bluejays (13-13, 8-7) lost at home for just the second time this season.

There were three ties and 14 lead changes in the second half—11 during an 11-minute stretch in which neither team led by more than three.

Odiakosa finally broke that string by giving Illinois State a 60-55 advantage with 4:11 to play. The Redbirds extended their lead to seven on a steal and breakaway basket by Lloyd Phillips with 3:47 left.

Trailing by two, the Bluejays turned the ball over on their final possession without getting off a shot. Phillips then sealed the game with two free throws.

Kenny Lawson had 20 points for Creighton to lead all scorers.

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 Top Performers
 Illinois St.
Lloyd Phillips Lloyd Phillips
4-6,  11 Pts
2 Rebs, 6 Assists
Kenny Lawson Jr. Kenny Lawson Jr.
6-9,  20 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists

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