NORMAL, Ill. — Junior forward Ethan Wragge was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for his 18 points to lead No. 16 Creighton to a 79-72 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday night.
Grant Gibbs had 16 points for the Bluejays (13-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference), while leading scoring Doug McDermott (23.5 points per game) finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The 6-foot-7 Wragge made his four attempts from beyond the arc.
Tyler Brown and Bryant Allen each scored 15 points to lead the Redbirds,(9-5, 0-2).
Creighton led 42-39 at halftime, although Illinois State mounted a furious run that culminated with a 3-pointer by Nick Zeisloft with 2 seconds left to make it a three-point game.
The teams combined for 26 3-pointers in the game, 17 in the first half.
As both defenses tightened, Illinois State staged another comeback late in the game, pulling ahead 63-61 on a 3-pointer by Allen with 9:15 left. Creighton regained the lead at 67-65 with 7:03 left and never relinquished it.
Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael recorded his 161st career blocked shot, passing Greg Dilligard for the most in school history. Carmichael scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Creighton's seven-point margin of victory was its lowest of the season.
Illinois State is 0-8 against nationally ranked opponents in the history of Redbird Arena.