Kenny Lawson Jr. and Justin Carter each scored 17 points as Creighton withstood a late Drake rally to post a 73-69 win over visiting Drake on Wednesday night in Omaha. Creighton won its second straight game to improve to 7-8 on the season and even its league mark to 2-2.
After falling behind 10-8 in the opening minutes, Creighton would lead the remainder of the game. The Jays used a 15-2 run to take its largest lead of the first 20 minutes at 23-12. That run included six points from Casey Harriman and four points from Lawson. Creighton took several more leads of nine, but each time Drake chipped away to get within four points or less. CU took a 38-33 lead into the break, shooting 48.4 percent in the half. Lawson led CU with 13 pionts and five boards in the opening 20 minutes.
Creighton led the entire second half, but survived a nail-biting finish. Up two with 11 seconds left, Creighton inbounded the ball to big man Lawson. Lawson took a dribble and was trapped in the corner. His pass back to the middle of the floor was stolen by Drake’s Ryan Wedel, who tried to tip the ball into the hoop. His attempt missed, as did a tip-in try by Josh Young, and Bluejay senior Cavel Witter was fouled by Young with 2.7 seconds left. Witter made both free throws to ice the game, which was aided by a lane violation when Witter missed the second attempt.
Carter and Lawson each had 17 points to lead Creighton in scoring, and Carter had a CU-best seven rebounds while Lawson had six.
Creighton returns to the court on Saturday with a 1 pm game at Wichita State.
story courtesy of Creighton athletics.