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Updated: Saturday, January 11, 2003 11:56 PM EST
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(16) Creighton 76, Illinois St 57
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NORMAL, Illinois (Ticker) -- Kyle Korver entered the record books for his prolific 3-point shooting, which led Creighton to another victory.

Korver scored 17 points and made 4-of-5 of 3-pointers as the 16th-ranked Bluejays rolled to a 76-57 victory over Illinois State in a Missouri Valley Conference matchup.

Korver nailed his 300th career 3-pointer just over seven minutes into the game. He joined Southern Illinois' Shane Hawkins as the only player in conference history to reach 300 3-pointers.

It was rebound game for Korver, who made just 1-of-8 3-pointers in Wednesday's victory over Bradley.

Michael Lindeman scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Bluejays, who shot a blistering 60 percent (30-of-50) from the floor and made 7-of-18 3-pointers.

"We have a lot of guys on this team who can play," Korver said. "Sometimes I feel that I get too much attention because we have a lot of great players on this team."

"Creighton's a good team and they're really deep," Illinois State coach Tom Richardson said. "When guys like Michael Lindeman step up for them and have a great game, they're going to win a lot."

Creighton (13-1, 4-0 MVC) is off to its best start since the 1942-43 season and are unbeaten through their first four conference games for the first time since the 1988-89 campaign.

The game was tied at 17-17 with 9:15 left in the first half before the Bluejays went on a 14-5 run to take the lead for good.

"It was a game that Illinois State came out with a lot of energy," Creighton coach Dana Altman said. "They competed very hard and we competed hard tonight. Sometimes it is hard to have a lot of intensity when you are losing, but ISU played well."

Korver buried two 3-pointers and Brody Deren scored six of his eight points during the burst for the Bluejays, who had a 37-30 halftime lead and were not threatened in the second half.

Creighton shot 67 percent (14-of-21) in the final 20 minutes and cruised to its fourth victory in five road games this season.

"When I looked at the schedule at the beginning of the season and three of our first four conference games were on the road, I got very nervous," Altman said. "Now we go home for three games and we definitely need to get better."

Victor Greene scored 17 points and Gregg Alexander and Marcus Arnold added 13 points apiece for Illinois State (1-11, 0-4), which has lost eight of its last nine meetings with Creighton.

The Redbirds were held to just 41 percent (20-of-49) shooting. After shooting 52 percent (12-of-23) in the first half, they made just 8-of-26 shots thereafter.

"The effort was there, we just need to be a smarter ball team," Alexander said. "We played great the first half. We came out in the second half and they got easy baskets. You can't have that."


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