OMAHA, Neb. – Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half to lead six Creighton players in double figures and the 13th-ranked Bluejays rode a fast start to a 102-74 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night.
The Bluejays (21-2, 11-1 Missouri Valley Conference) won their 11th straight overall and fourth in a row against the Redbirds (14-9, 6-6).
Creighton broke out to a 17-2 lead making eight straight shots and 10 of its first 11, and McDermott was in double figures inside 8 minutes.
Grant Gibbs had 12 points and seven assists, Jahenns Manigat and Will Artino added 11 points each and Gregory Echenique and Josh Jones had 10 apiece.
Tyler Brown had 21 points, Bryant Allen added 14 and Nic Moore and Jon Ekey had 11 apiece for the Redbirds.
Creighton went over 100 points for the second time this season. The Bluejays scored 104 against Campbell.
They hadn't gone over 100 against a conference opponent since beating Bradley 111-110 in double-overtime four years ago. It was the first time they went over 100 in a conference game in regulation since a 102-69 win over Evansville in 2000.
Illinois State gave up 100 points for the first time since allowing Oklahoma 112 in 1990.
The Bluejays shot 56.4 percent for the game and made 13 of 25 3-pointers.
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State's leading scorer who had 26 and 19 points in his previous two games, took only three shots and had just two points in the first half with Echenique and Artino guarding him.
Carmichael, the Valley player of the week, finished with six points on five shots before fouling out with 3:50 left.
The Redbirds got within 14 points early in the second half when Carmichael strode through the lane for a big dunk and Ekey hit a 3. But Jones' 3 a while later restored Creighton's 20-point lead, and it was a 25-point game when Ethan Wragge hit one from long range with 11:12 left.
McDermott, who came into the game as the nation's third-leading scorer at 23.5 points a game, was 9 of 11 from the field, including 3 for 3 on 3-pointers.
The Redbirds, who have dropped five of six conference road games, have lost 23 straight against ranked opponents since 1987.