Butler (14-6, 4-3 BIG EAST) started the game quickly, as all five starters scored in the first four minutes as the Bulldogs raced to a 10-4 lead. The Bulldogs led throughout the first half, and three times CU had the ball with a chance to tie or go-ahead but would squander the opportunity. Butler closed the first half on a back-breaking 9-2 run, capped by a three-point play with 1.5 seconds left by Roosevelt Jones.
Creighton (9-11, 0-7 BIG EAST) closed to within four points at both 35-31 and 38-34 early in the second half, but Andrew Chrabascz helped the hosts answer the bell each time. His three-pointer with 18:20 left gave BU its first points of the half, and he added a three-point play with 16:18 remaining to push the lead to 43-34.
CU responded with the next seven points, all by its seniors, to draw within two at 43-41. Butler responded. Alex Barlow hit a corner three-pointer after a BU offensive rebound, and after a big blocked shot by Kameron Woods, Jones scored in transition to return the Butler lead to seven at 48-41.
The Jays would hold BU scoreless over the next three minutes to get within three points, but once again a second-chance bucket would doom CU, this time by Jones. [Read more…]