OMAHA, Neb. – Tyler Brown scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and Illinois State took advantage of Creighton's dismal shooting to beat the 16th-ranked Bluejays 75-72 Saturday night.
The Redbirds (15-10, 6-7) have won six of their last seven after losing their first six Missouri Valley Conference games. The Bluejays (20-5, 9-4) lost their second straight, falling into a three-way tie for first in the league.
Illinois State made things interesting at the end. After Creighton's Grant Gibbs hit two free throws to make it 75-72, Illinois State's John Wilkins was called for double dribbling just before the buzzer. One second was put back on the clock, and Wragge's long pass to McDermott at mid-court was bobbled as time ran out.
Johnny Hill had 19 points and Jackie Carmichael added 16 for the Redbirds.
McDermott scored 24 points to lead the Bluejays.