Kenny Lawson Jr. had a career-high 18 points, but Iona defeated Creighton, 63-55, in men’s basketball action during the seventh-place game of the Old Spice Classic on Sunday morning at The Milk House.
The Jays led 21-13 early before Iona unleashed a 26-12 run in which it held the Jays without a field for a span of 10:07. Creighton (2-4) would also endure a drought of more than 10 minutes without a field goal down the stretch and made just five baskets in the final 23 minutes of the game.
Creighton tied the game at 47 with 7:28 left on two free throws by Cavel Witter, but Iona (4-2) answered with two long three-pointers to build a six-point lead, then got a breakaway dunk from Alejo Rodriguez to go up 55-47 and not look back. Creighton would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Creighton went more than 10 minutes without a field goal, a drought that started with CU up 28-26 with 3:38 left in the first half. That dry spell didn’t end until a Lawson field goal with 13:29 to play and the Jays down 39-33.
Lawson led Creighton with 18 points, but was the only player in double-figures for CU. Antoine Young was second on the team with nine points, including CU’s first six. Creighton outrebounded IC 29-23 and blocked seven shots, but were harmed by 21 turnovers.
Creighton will next play on Sunday’s with in-state rival Nebraska at Qwest Center Omaha.
Story courtesy of Creighton athletics.