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Updated: Saturday, March 8, 2003 3:10 PM EST
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Indiana St (7-23) at No. 19 Creighton (26-4)
INDIANA ST. SYCAMORES
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CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS
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ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- No. 19 Creighton tries to defeat Indiana State for the third time this season when they meet at the Savvis Center on Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Creighton (26-4) received a bye into the quarterfinals after going 15-3 in regular-season conference play. The Bluejays finished one game behind first-place Southern Illinois.

The Bluejays have won four of their last five contests, including an 86-60 rout of Wichita State on Senior Day on Monday.

Senior Larry House scored a career-high 28 points for Creighton, which never trailed in the romp.

Creighton, the nation's leader in wins, defeated Indiana State on the road on January 29, 74-46, and at home on February 19, 77-54.

The Bluejays won last year's MVC Tournament, defeating Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Southern Illinois.

Indiana State (7-23) had gone just 2-16 in regular-season conference play - the worst mark in the league by three games - but upset Northern Iowa in a first-round MVC Tournament matchup on Friday, 61-60.

Brian Giesen, who scored 19 points off the bench to pace the Sycamores, tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to lift them to the victory.


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