Blue Hose Fall to 13th-Ranked Creighton
13th-ranked Creighton used a 26-4 run in the first half, which included a stretch of four straight three-pointers, to build a lead that the Presbyterian College men's basketball team could not overcome, despite outscoring the Blue Jays 44-41 in the second, to fall to the Blue Jays this afternoon at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
PC falls to 0-3 overall, while Creighton improves to 3-0.
Jordan Downing led PC with a career-high 25 points off a four-for-eight effort from beyond the three-point arc. Khalid Mutakabbir followed with 12 points, all of them coming in the second half. Ryan McTavish led the team with six rebounds. Creighton was led by Doug McDermott with 24 points, followed by Ethan Wragge with 18 points, all of them coming from his six-of-eight in three-pointers.
PC shot 40.4% for the game and was seven-for-21 in three-pointers, as well as nine-of-16 from the charity stripe. Creighton was 32-of-52 in field goals and 12-of-24 in three-pointers. The Blue Jays were also 11-of-15 from the free throw line and held the advantage in rebounds, 35-22. Turnovers were fairly even with Creighton posting one more, 11-10. With eight turnovers in the first half, PC only had two in the second half.
A Joshua Clyburn field goal and a Downing three-pointer gave the Blue Hose a brief two-point, 5-2 lead with 16:05 on the clock. The Blue Jays scored the next seven in a row to jump out to a 10-5 lead with just under 13 minutes left in the half. Downing cut the margin to three with a basket at 12:31 and to one with another at the 11:39 mark.
Creighton hit four straight three-pointers, including three in a row from Manigat to quickly extend its lead to 13, 22-9, with 9:15 remaining in the first. Austin Anderson ended the drought with a basket at 8:01 to make it 24-11 in favor of Creighton.
The Blue Jays capitalized on their eight three-pointers of the first half to lead 33-13 after two free throws by McTavish ended a four-and-a-half minute scoring drought with 4:31 remaining.
Downing added a three-pointer and a free throw the final two-and-a-half minutes as Creighton went into the locker room with the 43-17 lead.
PC shot 26.1% from the field and was two-of-six in three-pointers in the first half. The Blue Jays were 59.1% from the field and 53.3% from the three-point arc.
Creighton took one of its largest leads of the game in the second half at 49-19 off back to back baskets by Austin Chatman before Mutakabbir recorded his first points of the game to cut it to 49-21.
Mutakabbir added another basket and three-pointer to cut the margin to 55-26 with 14:46 remaining in the game.
After a McDermott field goal at 13:27, PC used two baskets by Downing and a three-pointer by Anderson as part of a 7-0 run to cut the Creighton lead to 59-33 before Josh Jones hit a jumper to end its short drought.
A three-pointer by Wragge and Jones gave Creighton its largest lead of the game to that point with the 72-37 lead with 8:36 left.
Downing added two free throws and a three-pointer in a 5-0 run to make it 72-42 with 7:30 to go. Added by a basket by Truss and another Downing three-pointer, the Blue Hose went on a 10-1 run to cut the score to 73-47 with 6:26 left. Another Creighton three-pointer stopped the run at 76-47 at the 5:32 mark
Clyburn added two baskets over the next three minutes while Mutakabbir added his second three-pointer of the game at 1:47 with PC trailing 87-55. Anderson posted a three-pointer while McTavish had a basket as Creighton took the eventual 87-58 win.
PC continues its play as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational with a Tuesday contest at Wisconsin. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET).