January 29, 2015

Losing streak stands at eight as Creighton again falls in final seconds

Rick KreklowButler scored seven of the game’s final nine points and defeated Creighton for the first time since 1934, 64-61, on Wednesday night at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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…]

Huskers add Williams as receivers coach to complete Riley’s coaching staff

Keith WilliamsKeith Williams has been hired as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, completing Coach Mike Riley’s first full-time coaching staff with the Cornhuskers.

Williams will coach the Nebraska wide receivers and joins the Husker program from Tulane University, where he has spent the previous three seasons.

“Keith Williams is a tremendous addition to our Nebraska staff, and brings a great background in coaching wide receivers,” Riley said. “With Keith’s addition, I’m excited about the completion of our full-time staff. It is a mix of quality individuals who bring great skills as teachers, coaches, mentors and recruiters.”

Williams, who had eight former receivers in the National Football League in 2014, is eager to join Riley’s staff at Nebraska. [Read more…]

Creighton drops Big East opener on the road at Providence

Geoffrey Groselle

Geoffrey Groselle

BIG EAST scoring leader LaDontae Henton had 35 points to lead Providence over Creighton, 65-53, in a rematch of the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament title game.

Providence, which won the title game 65-58 at Madison Square Garden in March, rode quick starts in both halves en route to the victory.

The Friars are now 11-3 on the year (1-0 BIG EAST), while Creighton fell to 9-5 (0-1 BIG EAST).

Providence scored the game’s first eight points, including five from Henton, before a Zach Hanson basket dented the scoreboard for the visitors. Geoffrey Groselle then went to work, scoring six straight points before a James Milliken trey trimmed PC’s lead to 14-11.

Creighton continually worked the ball in to Groselle, who tied it at 22-all with 5:25 left in the first half, then gave CU a 24-22 lead after a dunk with 4:35 left in the first half. The Friars would counter with a 7-0 run before settling for a 32-28 lead at the break and never trailed again. [Read more…]

Janning leads the way as Creighton women hoops top Georgetown

Marissa Janning  (CU Media Relations)

Marissa Janning (CU Media Relations)

Marissa Janning led all scorers with 21 points as the Creighton women’s basketball team dropped Georgetown, 76-61, on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The win pushed the Bluejays to 8-5 on the season and evened their BIG EAST record at 1-1. Georgetown, meanwhile, fell to 2-11 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

The game was a series of runs as Creighton opened the game with 10 of the first 12 points to lead 10-2 (14:40). Georgetown responded with seven straight to make it 10-9 (13:28).

The Bluejays took the next turn with a 21-2 run to build a 31-11 lead with 5:53 remaining in the opening period. Janning keyed Creighton’s 21-2 explosion with 10 of her 16 first-half points, including a string of eight straight.

Leading 41-26 at the break, Georgetown opened the second half with a 20-2 run over its own as the Hoyas burst out in front 46-43 with 12:16 remaining in the game. [Read more…]

Huskers Randy Gregory to forgo senior season and enter NFL Draft

Randy Gregory (photo/lottimpacttrophy.org)

Randy Gregory (photo/lottimpacttrophy.org)

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory will forgo his senior season with the Huskers and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.  Gregory is projected by most mock drafts at this point to be a top-5 pick in the draft.   The 6-6 240 pound Gregory was a first-team all-Big Ten selection this year leading the Huskers with seven sacks.