Jamie Vanderbeken’s 35-footer as time expired lifted Iowa State to a 91-88 win over Creighton on Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The game, part of the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge, pitted new Creighton coach Greg McDermott against an Iowa State program he coached from 2006-10..
Iowa State improved to 4-0, while Creighton is now 3-1.
Creighton rode the hot hand of Darryl Ashford in the early going, who took advantage of his first start of the season. After taking an early charge, Ashford made consecutive lay-ups to put the Jays up 4-0. He then took his game outside, hitting a long jumper and back-to-back treys to put CU up 23-17 after eight minutes.
A 13-3 run by the Cyclones put ISU ahead 32-31 for the first time, before Creighton closed out the half on a 12-5 surge highlighted by a highlight-worthy dunk by Lawson in transition and back-to-back treys by Lawson and Young just before intermission.
Creighton drained 7-of-13 three-pointers in the opening half, and Lawson (12), Ashford (12) and Doug McDermott (10) all reached double-figures by intermission. Diante Garrett led ISU with 15 points in the first half while Jake Anderson had 10 points by the break.
Creighton opened the second half on an 8-2 run, featuring bookend three-pointers by Kaleb Korver, to take its largest lead of the afternoon at 51-39 with 18:10 left. But ISU would fight back as both offenses scored at will.
ISU led 77-74 with 4:55 left after a score by Jake Anderson and forced a Bluejay timeout. With 2:07 left, Anderson made his second attempt at the line to put ISU up 80-78. Creighton called timeout and got the ball to Lawson, who missed a three-pointer from the top of the key. ISU answered with an Anderson three-ball from the left corner to go ahead 83-78 with 1:09 left, and Lawson’s subsequent trey was off the mark.
ISU guard Scott Christopherson was fouled with 40.6 seconds left and missed the front end, and CU’s Antoine Young buried a triple to cut the deficit to 83-81 with 31.0 seconds remaining.
Creighton fouled Diante Garrett, who rolled in his first foul shot with 29.7 left, then swished the second one to make it a four-point game. CU’s Young drove to the basket and was fouled. He made 1-of-2 shots to make it an 85-82 Cyclone lead. Garrett hit two shots with 23.6 left to put ISU up five, but Lawson drained a three-pointer with 15.9 left.
ISU inbounded the ball and Creighton was whistled for an intentional foul. Garrett split two shots to put ISU up, 88-85, but the foul also gave ISU the ball. Christopherson was fouled with 9.8 left, only to miss both foul shots. CU hurried downcourt, and Young was fouled in the act of shooting a lay-up. He made the first and intentionally missed the second, but chased down the board. His fallaway from the corner was long, but he was fouled by Melvin Ejim.
Young rolled his first shot over the rim and in. ISU would call its final timeout to ice Young to no avail. He sank the shot to tie the game. Christopherson would run the baseline and throw to Vanderbeken, who took two dribbles, spun and drained the 35-footer. Without television monitors to check the time, the initial ruling of a made basket stood, as Cyclone students stormed the floor.
Young led Creighton with 21 points and six assists, while Lawson finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Ashford matched his career-high with 17 points, Doug McDermott had 16 points and Korver tallied 12. Creighton shot an even 50 percent from the field (33-66), 51.9 percent from downtown (14-27) and hit 8-of-10 free throws. The Jays had 18 assists against just eight turnovers while adding three blocks and five steals.
Garrett had a career-high 28 points and added seven assists. Ejim had 22 points off the bench, while Anderson had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Also in double-figures with 10 points was Christopherson and Vanderbeken, who scored 12 points including the game-winner. ISU shot 54 percent for the game (34-630, including 65.5 percent after half (19-29). The ‘Clones also shot 13-of-26 from downtown and 10-of-18 from the line. ISU had 17 assists, 10 turnovers, six blocks adn four steals.
Creighton returns home on Friday to host Kennesaw State, a team that defeated Georgia Tech 80-63 earlier this month. That game will start at 7:05 pm at Qwest Center Omaha.
Story courtesy of Creighton athletics