After being held to three points in the first half, Kentucky All-American Jodie Meeks scored 13 in the second including a three-point play with 10.6 seconds left to give Kentucky a 65-63 win over Creighton in the second round of the NIT at Qwest Center Omaha.
Booker Woodfox, the nation’s second best three point shooter missed a potential game winning shot from the corner with Meeks pulling down the rebound.
Creighton led most of the game against the winningest college basketball team in history (1,988 wins), but could not finish off the Wildcats, who are making their first NIT appearance since 1979. In fact, UK played with the lead for a total of 4:28 in the game, just 1:40 in the first half and 2:48 in the second half.
The Jays had a 63-60 after Kenny Lawson Jr completed a three point play with 1:26 to go. Later, Justin Carter missed two free throws with 36 seconds to go giving UK the ball down by one.
Off a screen, Meeks drove past P’Allen Stinnett toward the hoop. He would drain the basket with 10.6 seconds left while being fouled, then convert the free throw to give UK its only two-point lead of the evening.
Creighton was led by 18 points from Woodfox, while Stinnett had 15 points and Lawson 12. Carter hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds to go with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers. CU finished 22-of-59 from the field (37.3 percent) and made 8-of-19 three-point tries (42.1 percent). CU made 11-of-19 free throws for the game, but just 2-of-7 in the final 3:30. The Jays outrebounded UK 37-34 for the night.
Listen to Creigthon postgame comments from Dana Altman, Josh Dotzler, and Booker Woodfox talking about the potential game winning play at the end