No. 16 Creighton beats Illinois State 79-72

No. 16 Creighton beats Illinois State 79-72
January 2, 2013, 10:47 pm
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Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) looks for room to shoot past Illinois State's Zeke Upshaw (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Redbird Arena Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Normal, Ill. (AP Photo/ Stephen Haas)

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 79-72 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night.

Grant Gibbs had 16 points for the Bluejays (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference), while leading scoring Doug McDermott (23.5 points per game) finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Tyler Brown and Bryant Allen each scored 15 points to lead the Redbirds,(9-5, 0-2).

Creighton led 42-39 at halftime, although Illinois State mounted a furious run that culminated with a 3-pointer by Nick Zeisloft with 2 seconds left to make it a three-point game.

The teams combined for 26 3-pointers in the game, 17 in the first half.