LINCOLN, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Kyle Korver scored 25 points as 19th-ranked Creighton posted an 81-73 victory over intrastate rival Nebraska.
Korver shot 7-of-17 from the field but drilled 6-of-14 3-pointers as the Bluejays improved to 9-0 for the second time in four seasons.
"I thought we gave a great effort tonight," Bluejays coach Dana Altman said. "We made some bad mistakes early and I thought we were a little over-aggressive at times. But overall we worked really hard and that was good to see."
Korver had 11 points by halftime, helping Creighton to a 46-35 lead. The Bluejays opened the game with a 23-9 run but could not pull away as Nebraska got within 60-52 with just under 12 minutes to play.
But Korver drilled his final 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining, extending Creighton's lead to 71-56. The Bluejays made 10 of their last 11 free throws to seal the win.
Each time Korver hit a 3-pointer it seemed to kill any momentum the Cornhuskers had. He hit three in the first eight minutes and did not hit another until 13:17 remaining in the second half after Nebraska had pulled within 54-48.
Korver's fifth 3-pointer of the night put the Bluejays up by double digits for good. After Corey Simms' layup got Nebraska within 57-50 with 12:36 to play, Korver drilled another 3-pointer.
"We tried to always have someone on him," Cornhuskers coach Barry Collier said. "Seven-of-17 is pretty good. With six of those threes, he can score in a hurry. He really hurt us."
"He'd just keep moving around," Nebraska guard Jake Muhleisen said. "I thought I was up on him enough, but obviously I wasn't. He just shot the ball really well. I have to hand it to him."
DeAnthony Bowden added 11 points and Tyler McKinney had 10 and 12 assists for Creighton, which has won the last four meetings in the series after dropping the previous eight.
Andrew Drevo paced the Cornhuskers (4-4) with 23 points and Muhleisen added 13.
Overall, Nebraska shot 38 percent (23-of-61), including 31 percent (11-of-36) in the first half.
After getting within 36-28 with 4:09 left in the opening half, Bowden drilled a 3-pointer as Creighton scored eight straight points to build its lead to 44-28 with with 2:19 remaining.
"I think that Creighton played an excellent game," Collier said. "They came in and were aggressive and Kyle Korver had a great game. Obviously, we didn't defend him well enough to put them in a hole offensively. We had some opportunities that we didn't take advantage of."