OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Whenever Evansville needed a basket, Colt Ryan was able to provide it on Tuesday night, except at the end.

Ryan missed a long jumper just before the buzzer to finish his career-best 43-point game, allowing Josh Jones' jumper with 23 seconds remaining to stand as the game-winner in Creighton's 93-92 overtime victory.

The Bluejays (24-5, 13-4 Missouri Valley) won their third straight after forcing overtime on Gregory Echenique's fourth-chance putback before the clock ran out in regulation.

"We made one more play than they did," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "We were really lucky to win. We've been blessed to get a couple bounces."

Doug McDermott scored 10 of his 21 points during a 26-12 run that brought the Bluejays back from a 71-57 deficit with eight minutes left.

Ryan, who made 9 of 10 shots for the Purple Aces (14-14, 8-9) in the second half and finished 15 of 20, had the most points by a Creighton opponent since 1985.

"I'd give all 43 back if we could have gotten out of here with a win," Ryan said.

On Evansville's final possession, Ryan took the ball to the top of the key and launched a shot that bounced off the front of the rim, then the backboard, and fell away.

"It was a pretty good look," Ryan said. "It just ended up a little bit short. That was disappointing."

For Creighton, it was pure joy for a squad that during a seven-minute stretch managed just one field goal and five free throws and was outscored by Ryan alone, 10-7.

"All year, we've done a great job to show that we keep our composure," Jones said. "Tonight, this is the most we've lost our cool a little bit. We trust in each other and we were very good playing through (bad) stretches. Coach Mac believes in us. We didn't panic."

Denver Holmes added 25 points for the Aces on 8 of 9 shooting, and had seven assists. The Aces lost their sixth game by two points or less.

"It's tough. It's kind of been our season," Evansville coach Marty Simmons said. "We've been close several times this year and unfortunately, we've come up one play short. I'm proud of my team. I thought they sucked it up and battled. It's where you tip your hat to Creighton."

Antoine Young, the Bluejays' only scholarship senior who was playing his last home game, made 13 of 14 free throws and finished with 21 points and seven assists. Avery Dingman added 14 points, Jahenns Manigat 12 and Jones 11.

It was the second straight dramatic win for the Bluejays, who are looking for their first NCAA tournament bid in five years. Young's last-second shot beat Long Beach State 81-79 in a BracketBusters game on Saturday.

Greg McDermott said that win was emotionally draining for his team, and it showed against the Aces.

"I thought we were a half a step slow most of the game, and we ran into a couple guys who were really hard to stop," he said. "We were stuck in the mud."

Creighton was beaten 65-57 at Evansville two weeks ago, and the NCAA selection committee wouldn't have smiled on a second loss to the No. 152 RPI team. Greg McDermott said Monday that he thought a win over Evansville and another on the road against Indiana State on Saturday would lock up an NCAA bid regardless of what happens at next week's MVC tournament.

"We've won 24 games and beaten a lot of good teams and beaten a lot of teams away from home," he said. "At the end of the day, you look across the country, there aren't many teams that have done what we've done, and I think when the time comes, we'll be rewarded."

Ryan, who was just 3 of 12 from the field and had 14 points in the first game against Creighton, had the hot hand on Tuesday. But he committed his fourth foul with under six minutes left in regulation and went to the bench for three minutes while the Bluejays continued their comeback.

Echenique put back Young's missed layup with 55 seconds left to pull the Bluejays to 83-81. Holmes couldn't get his jumper off before the clock shot expired on Evansville, giving the Bluejays the ball with 18 seconds to play.

Young drove to the basket, and the ball went in and out and off the right side of the rim. McDermott and Ethan Wragge swiped at the ball but couldn't get it in the basket, but then Echenique swooped in for the tying putback.

"I tried to drive and make a play," Young said. "I figured there couldn't be two big shots in a row, so this one had to come out. They worked their butts off to keep it alive. Credit them for crashing the board hard on that."