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McDermott scores 25, No. 16 Creighton breaks away in 2nd half for 79-66 win over Indiana State

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    Creighton's Doug McDermott gestures after scoring against Indiana State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Creighton's Gregory Echenique, top, shoots over Indiana State's RJ Mahurin (31) and Jake Odum (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Creighton's Doug McDermott, center, grabs a rebound against Indiana State's Jake Odum, left, and Khristian Smith, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana State's Devonte Brown, left, is defended by Creighton's Doug McDermott during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana State's Dawon Cummings, left, drives past Creighton's Jahenns Manigat during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and No. 16 Creighton used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half in a 79-66 victory over Indiana State on Saturday.

The Bluejays (14-1, 3-0) have won eight straight and are off to their best start in Missouri Valley Conference play since 2003-04.

The Sycamores (9-5, 2-1) lost for the 14th straight time in Omaha since 1999.

Gregory Echenique had 16 points and nine rebounds to just miss his fourth double-double in eight games. He scored inside to tie it 51-51 with 10 minutes left and gave the Bluejays the lead when he dunked Grant Gibbs' alley-oop pass.

Jake Odum and Manny Arop scored 13 points apiece and Justin Gant added 12 for the Sycamores, who made just 9 of 18 free throws in the second half.

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