OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Larry House scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead ninth-ranked Creighton to a 95-82 victory over Illinois State in a matchup of the Missouri Valley Conference's first- and last-place teams.
Creighton has won six straight games, while Illinois State has lost eight in a row.
House also led the Bluejays (16-1, 7-0 MVC) with eight rebounds. He had a pair of steals without a turnover.
"Before the game today, I felt pretty good," House said. "Early in the game, I hit a couple of shots and got myself going. My teammates and coach realized that, so coach called a couple of plays for me."
House had 13 points in the first half as the Bluejays built a 53-40 lead. Kyle Korver, Creighton's leading scorer at 19.1 points per game, had eight of his 17 in the opening 20 minutes.
Korver also scored 17 points in Creighton's 76-57 win at Illinois State nine days ago. He shot 4-of-8 in this one, an improvement over his 4-of-14 performance in the first meeting.
Creighton led throughout and broke open the game with a 7-0 run that made it 41-30 with 5:33 left in the first half. The Bluejays led by as many as 23 points in the second half.
"They are a terrific team," Illinois State coach Tom Richardson said. "They kind of got the game playing at a fast pace, which is to their advantage. We just hung around in the second half and fought them. Certainly, they had too many weapons."
Illinois State (1-14, 0-7) shot 53 percent (30-of-56), much better than its season average of 42 percent. But Creighton connected at 54 percent (33-of-61).
"Offensively, it was a very good game for us," Bluejays coach Dana Altman said. "I was a little disappointed in our defensive intensity at times. We made a lot of mental mistakes defensively."
Trey Guidry lived up to his name for the Redbirds, nailing five 3-pointers for 21 points. Baboucarr Bojang added 18 on 8-of-12 shooting.