Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Sycamores Stymie Blue Jays ; No. 14 Butler Cruises over Bonnies

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Sycamores Stymie Blue Jays ; No. 14 Butler Cruises over Bonnies

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Indiana State's celebration started early Wednesday night. Jake Odum scored 22 points and R. J. Mahurin added 17 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.

No. 12 Michigan State 61, No. 18 Minnesota 50: Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injury to help Michigan State bounce back from a poor first half.

Appling left the court with 1:17 left, holding his right shoulder after getting tied up with Joe Coleman. He returned to the bench in the final minute.

The Spartans (19-4 8-2 Big Ten) moved into a second-place tie with No. 3 Michigan, whom they host Tuesday night. They picked up their eighth win in nine games since losing the conference opener against the Golden Gophers (17-6, 5-5) on the road.

No. 14 Butler 77, St. Bonaventure 58: Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points to lead Butler.

Andrew Smith added 13 points and Khyle Marshall and Chase Stigall each scored 12 as the Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) improved to 12-0 at home this season.

The victory pushed Butler into a share of the Atlantic 10 lead with idle VCU (6-2). …

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