OMAHA, Neb. — After a rough start, Tyler Brown had a fantastic finish. Brown, a former Apollo standout who missed four of five shots in the first half, scored 23 of his 27 points in the second and Illinois State took advantage of Creighton's dismal shooting to beat the 16th-ranked Bluejays 75-72 late Saturday night.
"I knew in my mind I had to get going, so I had to find a way," Brown said. "I was lucky enough to hit some big shots for us, and I got some big assists, too."
The Redbirds (15-10, 6-7 Missouri Valley) won their first true road game over a ranked opponent since 1985 and have won six of their last seven after starting 0-6 in conference play.
"We're moving up," Brown said. "Every day, whether it's in practice or in the weight room, we're getting better and taking it step by step. When March comes, we're going to be at the top of our game."
Brown finished 10 of 18 from the field, including 3-for-8 on threes, and he had a team-high five assists.
"He's really hard to guard right now because he's driving it and he can make shots," Illinois State Coach Dan Muller said. "He made some really tough shots. He was a little down the first half. He missed some shots he thought he should make. He kept playing. His attitude has been so good, and when you do that, things like this can happen. He's one of the best players in the league, and he played like it tonight."
No. 4 Duke 62, Boston College 61: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski watched as all three teams ahead of the Blue Devils in The Associated Press Top 25 lost this week. Then he came to Boston and nearly joined them.
"Nothing about today was easy," Krzyzewski said Sunday night after No. 4 Duke overcame early and late deficits to beat Boston College 62-61. "These are games anybody can lose, and throughout the country everybody is losing them. Our guys found a way to win against a team that was also deserving to win, so that's a real good thing."
Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left to lead Duke (21-2, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to its fifth consecutive win. Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils.
Olivier Hanlan scored 20 points for Boston College, which led by five points with 2:15 left and had a chance to win it after Plumlee made one of two free throws.
After a timeout, Hanlan dribbled down the clock before pulling up for an open shot inside the foul line that was wide. Ryan Anderson grabbed the rebound but lost control as he fell to the floor and the ball popped out of bounds as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
"When you get a defensive stop, it's five guys playing as one," Krzyzewski said. "For me, there's no better feeling than to win a game that way. And you see them on the floor and that red light goes off, and its pretty cool. It's a pretty cool thing."
Plumlee celebrated on his back as the Blue Devils improved their chance to move up from the No. 4 ranking after losses to the top three teams: Indiana, Florida and Michigan. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 five weeks during the regular season, the last on Jan. 21.
No. 1 Indiana 81, No. 10 Ohio St. 68: After a stunning loss, Indiana was on a mission to reaffirm just how good it was. There was no questioning its ability Sunday.
Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 26 points, Cody Zeller added 24 and Christian Watford 20 to lead IU back from a demoralizing loss to a huge win at Columbus, Ohio.
"It was putting teams away, playing to win and not just playing for the time to run out," Zeller said of the lessons learned from an upset loss at Illinois on Thursday. "So, we made that adjustment pretty well."
Boy, did they. The Hoosiers (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) dominated the second half while making some history and staying in the thick of the Big Ten race.
"We knew we let one get away from us," Watford said. "At that point you just have to move on to the next one."
The victory was Indiana's first against a top-10 conference opponent on the road in more than 20 years — since a win in 1993 at Iowa. It was also the Hoosiers' first win against any team in the top 10 on the road since beating Notre Dame in 2000.
"From the very beginning after we lost the other night, the biggest thing for our team was we were not going to spend a lot of our time worrying about bouncing back," Coach Tom Crean said. "I'm proud of the way these guys responded from a very tough loss."
No. 9 Syracuse 77, St. John's 58: James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse.
It was the 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), extending the nation's longest active home streak in Division I. The win also gave Coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories. Boeheim holds the NCAA record in that category.
St. John's Coach Steve Lavin missed the game due to the overnight death of his 82-year-old father, Cap, leaving the reins to assistant coach Rico Hines.
Southerland, a senior forward, missed the previous six games due to an eligibility issue regarding academics.
Illinois 57, No. 18 Minnesota 53: Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Illini went 11-for-23 from three-point range in a win at Minnesota.
Three days after Griffey's buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back three-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four. Abrams came off the bench for the first time this season after failing to score against the Hoosiers.
Austin Hollins had 16 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers, who lost for the sixth time in eight games and could find themselves out of the top 25.
Tennessee 66, South Carolina 61: Jarnell Stokes had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan McRae hit the go-ahead three-pointer and visiting Tennessee rallied to win its 12 straight game over South Carolina. Stokes had his ninth double-double of the season and seventh in Southeastern Conference play this season for the Volunteers.
McRae came in as Tennessee's top scorer at 14 points a game, yet shot just 1 of 7 for seven points.
California 77, No. 7 Arizona 69: Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and California held its composure down the stretch to knock off host Arizona.
Connecticut 78, Seton Hall 67: Shabazz Napier had 22 points, nine assists and six steals and led a second-half comeback that carried Connecticut to a win at Seton Hall. Ryan Boatright added 20 points.
Aaron Cosby, who played in high school at Manual and Jeffersontown, had a career-high 25 points to lead Seton Hall.
No. 14 Texas A&M 50, No. 15 South Carolina 48: Kelsey Bone scored 13 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.7 seconds left, as Texas A&M won at South Carolina. Bone also collected 15 boards for her 11th double-double of the season.
No. 12 Tennessee 97, Mississippi 68: Meighan Simmons scored 24 points and four of her teammates also reached double figures as Tennessee rolled to a victory at Knoxville. The Lady Vols shot 59.4 percent and beat the Rebels for the 24th consecutive time.
LSU 62, No. 9 Georgia 54: Theresa Plaisance scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots, and LSU snapped a snapped a two-game skid with an upset of visiting Georgia. Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 18 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds.
No. 18 Dayton 68, Fordham 57: Former Manual standout Brittany Wilson had 10 points and eight rebounds to help Dayton win in New York. Despite losing seven seniors from last season's team that lost to Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Flyers (21-1, 9-0 Atlantic 10) are off to the best start in school history with the lone loss coming against Bowling Green.
Michigan 67, No. 13 Purdue 56: Kate Thompson scored 22 points, hitting six three-pointers to set Michigan's single-season record, as the visiting Wolverines upended cold-shooting Purdue. Thompson has 91 treys, breaking Carmen Reynolds' record of 85 set in 2009-10. April Wilson, a freshman out of Manual, scored 12 points for Purdue.
No. 23 Oklahoma 80, No. 22 Oklahoma St. 61: Nicole Griffin scored 21 points and Sharane Campbell and Joanna McFarland for the host Sooners. Portia Durrett (Seneca) added five points and two rebounds for Oklahoma.