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Creighton University at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 8 January 2000

SIUC (8-6) lost a tough game against visiting Creighton University (10-4) before the largest crowd (5520 fans) of this season at the SIU arena. The Saluki trailed at halftime 34-39 and closed the lead several times to 2 points before the Bluejays pulled away and handed the Salukis a disappointing 66-72 home loss.

SIU out-rebounded Creighton (38-31), dished out more assists (21-18), had fewer turnovers (14-17), but also had fewer steals (7-11), converted fewer free throws (12-19 vs 15-20) and connected on less of their 2-pt (23 of 61 vs CU's 24 of 45) and 3-pt (8 of 30 vs CU's 9 of 18) baskets.

SIU senior center Derrick Tilmon (42) scores an early first-half basket while junior Abel Schrader (45) looks for inside position. Tilmon had 14 points (11 during the first half) to go with 7 rebounds.

Saluki senior forward Chris Thunell (32) shoots over Creighton senior center Nerijus Karlikanovas (55). Thunell led SIU with 20 points.

Bluejays junior guard Ben Walker (4) shoots over SIU's Abel Schrader (45) on his way to 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bluejays junior guard Ryan Sears (5) led all scorers with 25 points to go along with his 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. SIU's Ricky Collum (5) watches in vain.

SIU sophomore guard Brandon Mells (3) scores 2 of his 9 points over CU's Sears (5). Mells also had 6 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals.

Creighton's Nerijus Karlikanovas (55) scored easily from the outside and inside, finishing the game with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

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