Creighton shot a school-record 66.7% from the field as they used an 11-0 run to start the second half to rally and beat visiting Evansville 84-71 at Qwest Center Omaha. Creighton moved is now 12-11 overall and 7-5 in the MVC, good for sole possession of third place. Evansville lost its 13th straight game and is now 6-16 overall (0-12 MVC).
The rally was sparked by Antonie Young who scored eight points, picked up two steals and an assist during the 15-2 run over the 3:26 of the second half.
Creighton scored the game’s first seven points, but Evansville would lead most of first half. The Purple Aces, who averaged just 4.3 three-pointers per game, made 5-of-5 from downtown in the game’s first 12 minutes to build a 27-20 lead. UE took its largest lead at 33-23 on a corner trey from Denver Holmes, the Aces seventh three in eight tries. Evansville led 38-32 at the break in a half that saw both teams shoot the lights out. UE shot 61% including 7 of 10 on three’s. The Jays shot 63% percent from the field in the first half and were 5 of 8 from three point range.
Creighton’s lead reached double-digits for the first time of the game on a Cavel Witter bucket to make it 67-56. CU would lead by as much as 17 points on two occasions before settling for the 13-point win.
Five men scored in double-figures for the hosts, led by 17 points and seven rebounds from Carter. Jones scored a career-high 14 points, while Young had all 12 of his season-high points after intermission. Additionally, Witter had 11 points and freshman Ethan Wragge had 10 points on a perfect shooting night from the field.
Creighton made 28-of-42 shots from the floor (66.7 percent), eclipsing the previous CU mark of 65.9 percent set on Jan. 9, 2007 vs. Drake. CU was also 10-of-18 from three-point territory (55.6 percent) and 18-of-24 at the line (75 percent).
Creighton returns to action on Saturday night with a 7:05 pm game at Missouri State.
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