Updated at: 02/06/2013 8:08 PM
By MICHAEL MAROT
(AP) TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Indiana State’s celebration started early Wednesday night.
Jake Odum scored 22 points and R.J. Mahurin added17 to help the unranked Sycamores pull off a stunningly easy 76-57 win over No. 16 Creighton.
It was a huge night for Indiana State (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned the 1,400th win in school history, beat a ranked team at home for the first time since December 2006 and saw Odum become the 35th member of the school’s 1,000-point club. More important, the Sycamores closed to within one game of the league-leading Bluejays.
For Creighton (20-4, 9-3), it can’t get much worse than this.
National player of the year candidate Doug McDermott finished with eight points and was held scoreless in the second half. The nation’s top shooting team was held to 41.7 percent from the field and finished with a season-low point total. It’s previous worst was 64 in a loss at Wichita State. Will Aretino was the only Creighton player to reach double figures, finishing with 13 points.
Creighton was the highest-ranked opponent to visit Terre Haute since No. 12 Tulsa came to town Feb. 2, 1985, and the Sycamores made sure it was one neither team will soon forget.
Offensively, Odum led the way on a night Indiana State was particularly efficient. Defensively, they were even better against a team that was averaging 79.0 points.
After trading scores for most of the first half, the Sycamores finally took control late.
Indiana State used runs of 12-2 and 7-2 to build a 35-24 lead at the break. Odum finished with 16 points and four assists on 5 of 6 shooting in the opening half, while McDermott had eight points and five rebounds on 3 of 9 shooting in the first 20 minutes.
Things only got worse for Creighton in the second half.
Indiana State opened with a 13-4 run that ended with Maturin’s 3-pointer, giving the Sycamores a 48-27 lead with 15:48 to play.
While Creighton never seriously challenged again, the Sycamores continued to surge. They extended the lead to as much as 28, and not only held McDermott scoreless for the final 20 minutes but only allowed him to take one shot during that time, too
Without McDermott’s scoring, the Bluejays couldn’t get closer than 19.
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