"We just have to go out and get better ourselves and not worry about what Creighton did to us," said second-year head coach Tim Miles. "I think we were a little stunned and didn't operate very well for the first 17 minutes of the game.
"There is nothing worse than getting beat by Creighton. Usually when we get embarrassed, I go through a drive-thru. This week I stayed in my office…it's one of those deals. It's a lesson you never want to learn. They earned it. They whipped us. We will just to have bounce back and get ready for our next game."
After averaging a little over 12 points per game last season, senior Ray Gallegos has been limited to just 11 points over the last three games, going 4-of-17 from the field. While many predicted his scoring would tail off a little bit with more offense on the floor this season, Gallegos has still been a focal point of many opponents' defenses.
"I thought Creighton did a really nice job on him. They were not going to let him shoot a three," said Miles. "They really locked up on him…Ray will go through peaks and valleys, we know that."
It doesn't mean it's any less frustrating for the shooter.
"Yeah a little bit (frustrating), but it's about bouncing back and trying to find different ways to score," said Gallegos. "This year we have other guys who can score, so when that happens it opens up other things for my teammates…talking with the coaches before the game, the knew what was going to happen as far as Creighton taking away my shooting. They said, ‘just let it come to me…to be patient.'"
Tip-off on Saturday is set for 3 p.m. from Pinnacle Bank Arena. Arkansas State is 5-2 on the year and on a three-game winning streak.