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|McDermott Helps No. 23 Creighton top Illinois St.
|NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Doug McDermott scored 20 points to help No. 23 Creighton escape Illinois State with an 87-78 win Friday night.
The Bluejays were clinging to a three-point lead with 24 seconds left when Illinois State freshman Johnny Hill committed a hard foul and was given two technicals. Fans then littered the court with debris, causing a third tech to be called on the Redbirds (11-6, 3-3 Missouri Valley Conference).
Hill made two big 3-pointers in the final five minutes. His second one cut Creighton's lead to 77-75 with 59.8 seconds left.
Ethan Wragge made two 3-pointers shortly after halftime to help the Bluejays (15-2, 5-1) get out to a 64-46 lead.
Bryant Allen scored 29 points for Illinois State.
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