Creighton dished 21 assists on 25 baskets and Kenny Lawson Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the host Bluejays defeated visiting Indiana State, 65-52 on Tuesday night. Creighton is now 13-12 on the season and tied for third in the Missouri Valley Conference with Illinois State at 8-6 in league play. CU will host Illinois State on Saturday.
Creighton led the entire first half, with 2-2 being the only tie. The Jays were up 10-3 after seven minutes and extended that margin into double-figures when it went ahead 17-6 on a nifty pass inside from Kaleb Korver to Wayne Runnels. ISU answered with seven straight points to get within four points, but that would be as close as it came the rest of the evening.
The Jays fired up three-pointers on 19 of its 31 first half attempts, making five shots from deep. The Bluejays featured a balanced attack in the opening stanza, being led by seven points off the bench by Runnels. Fellow post man Lawson was also a force in the first half, with six points, five rebounds and four blocks in the first half.
Lawson came out with a purpose early in the second half, scoring at will against an undermanned Indiana State team that suited up just eight players and was also hampered by foul trouble. He had two dunks in traffic and the Jays got three-pointers by Ethan Wragge and Darryl Ashford to go up 43-28. The lead eventually reached 52-32 with 10:24 left on a trey by Ethan Wragge.
Dana Altman’s comments on Lawson
The lead remained in double-figures the rest of the way. Creighton was led by Lawson’s fourth double-double of the season, as he finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks on 7-of-11 shooting.
Story courtesy of Creighton Athletics.
Post game wrap from Jake Ryan.