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Indiana State 76, Creighton 57

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Jake Odum scored 22 points, and Indiana State defeated No. 16 Creighton 76-57 Wednesday night in a Missouri Valley Conference game.

Odum scored his 1,000th career point in the game. The junior guard entered the contest needing 21 points to reach the milestone.

R.J. Mahurin scored 17 points and Manny Arop added 13 for the Sycamores (15-8, 8-4 MVC).

It was Indiana State's second win over a ranked opponent in its past three games. The Sycamores defeated then-No. 15 Wichita State 68-55 on Jan. 29.

Doug McDermott, a first-team All-American last year who was averaging 24 points per game this season, shot 3-for-10 and scored eight points Wednesday. He had scored in double figures every game this season except for a five-point effort in the second game of the season Nov. 14 against UAB.

Will Artino scored 13 points and Greg Echenique and Grant Gibbs added eight for the Bluejays, whose previous scoring low this season was 64 points against Wichita State on Jan. 19.

Creighton (20-4, 9-3) had won four straight in the series, including a 79-66 win in Omaha on Jan. 5. The Bluejays now have lost three of their past six after starting the season with a 17-1 record. Creighton remained a half-game ahead of Wichita State for the conference lead.

Mahurin converted a three-point play early in the second half to push Indiana State's lead to 39-24, and a long 2-pointer by Odum increased the Sycamores' lead to 43-26 with 17:20 to go.

Mahurin's 3-pointer gave Indiana State a 48-27 lead, and a 3-pointer by Lucas Eitel made it 56-33 with just under 12 minutes to play. Another 3 by Mahurin made it 68-42 with about five minutes remaining.

Indiana State ran out to a 13-8 lead, but a 3-pointer by McDermott tied the score at 13.

The Sycamores took a 24-18 lead on a reverse layup by Khristian Smith.

Odum scored and was fouled with 2:07 left in the first half. He made the free throw to give Indiana State a 31-22 lead.

The Sycamores led 35-24 at halftime. They did not have a turnover in the first 20 minutes and held Creighton to 9-for-23 shooting.

NOTES: Indiana State defeated Miami on Dec. 25. The Hurricanes are now ranked No. 8 in the latest AP poll. ... The Sycamores entered the night 1-4 against Top 25 teams this season. In addition to the win over Wichita State, Indiana State beat Ole Miss 87-85 in overtime on Dec. 22. The Rebels had the most votes this week among teams that missed out on the AP Top 25. ... The victory was the 1,400th all-time for the Sycamores.
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