Four men scored in double-figures and Creighton sank 12 three-pointers, never trailing in a 73-68 road win at Bradley on Wednesday night before 9,220 fans at Carver Arena. Creighton is now 11-10 on the year and 6-4 in the MVC, moving above .500 overall for the first time since Thanksgiving. Bradley fell to 10-10 and is 5-5 in the MVC.
The Bluejays played without the services of second-leading scorer P’Allen Stinnett after the junior guard was suspended indefinitely on Monday for conduct not acceptable to the team by head coach Dana Altman.
Creighton used an early 10-0 run, sparked by three-pointers from freshmen Ethan Wragge and Josh Jones, to stake itself to an early 17-6 lead. The basket by Jones was his first score in MVC play and first points since scoring six points versus Houston Baptist on Dec. 22nd. Also playing a key role was CU’s defense, which held BU to just 1-of-12 shooting (8.3 percent) in the opening 10 minutes.
The Braves slow start would continue, reaching 2-for-19 at one point, before Andrew Warren breathed some life into the Carver Arena crowd. Warren would hit a three-pointer off an inbounds play, then get a steal and score to cut BU’s deficit to 25-19 and prompt a Bluejay timeout.
Bradley drew within 33-29 on a Sam Maniscalco lob to Chris Roberts, who flushed home a dunk with 2:48 remaining. The Braves later got within two points on a Taylor Brown putback, before CU’s Jones and BU’s Warren traded three-pointers before the half.
Creighton led 38-36 at halftime, paced by Jones’ career-high 10 points. Bradley stayed in the game with 14-of-18 shooting from the line and heated up late in the half to make 10-of-32 shots from the floor after a slow start. The Braves also owned the glass to the tune of 25-16 in the first 20 minutes, converting 12 offensive boards into 15 points.
After trailing for the game’s first 22 minutes, Bradley forged its first tie at 41-all on a three-pointer by Maniscalco. After the teams traded baskets for another tie, the Jays retook the lead at 46-43 on Ashford’s corner three-pointer, a lead it pushed to 55-48 on treys by Antoine Young and Jones. That was part of a 15-9 streak that featured five three-point baskets by the Bluejays.
Brown had four points and Will Egolf and Maniscalco both added two during Bradley’s 8-2 run that followed, bringing them within 60-58. CU senior Justin Carter then had a five-point possession. He drained a three-pointer and while the ball was in the air, BU guard Jake Eastman was called for a foul. Carter would then score inside, pushing the Bluejay advantage to 65-58.
Bradley had multiple chances in the final three minutes to tie the score, but Creighton would answer with a defensive stop each time, including late misses from downtown by Warren and Maniscalco. Roberts had a chance to tie the game at the 2:58 mark but would miss a free throw. On BU’s next trip down, Warren would turn the ball over in transition.
Roberts missed a tying thee-pointer with 1:13 left, Warren with 19 seconds left and Maniscalco the final attempt with 10 seconds to go and CU clinging to a three-point lead. With CU up three and 6.0 seconds left, Justin Carter iced the game with two free throws to seal the Bluejay win.
Lawson led CU with 16 points while Jones finished with a career-high 13 points. Ashford added 12 points and four assists while Carter closed with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists. CU shot 43.3 percent for the game (26-60), including 12-of-31 from downtown (38.7 percent) and 9-of-12 at the line. CU had 20 assists on its 26 baskets and just 10 turnovers for the game, winning despite making just one field goal in the final nine minutes.
Bradley also had four men in double-figures, led by 19 points and 12 rebounds from Brown. Warren scored 13 points, Maniscalco 11 and Egolf 10 points for the nigh. The Braves shot 37.7 percent on the evening and 17-of-25 from the line after its 14-of-16 start.
Story courtesy of CU Athletics.