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.|