A game-ending 13-1 run helped Evansville upset No. 17 Creighton, 65-57, on Tuesday night. Evansville improved to 12-12 and is 7-7 in Valley play, while Creighton fell to 21-4 and is 11-3 in MVC action.
Creighton was up 48-41 at the 12:47 mark, but Evansville used a 9-2 run to tie the score at 50 before Antoine Young’s reverse lay-up with eight minutes to play gave CU the lead. After getting a defensive stand, the Aces got a lay-up in transition from freshman Ryan Sawvell to tie the game at 52 with 7:04 to go.
The Jays went up by four on a Young 18-foot jumper and Doug McDermott’s basket in transition to go up four. That bucket gave McDermott 582 points on the season, the most points in school history by a sophomore.
The Purple Aces then went on a 8-0 run.
Creighton had a chance to slice the lead in half but missed three of its next four free throws and were still down 60-57 when Evansville’s Colt Ryan sank two fouls shots with 26.1 left and the Jays would not score again.
McDermott led Creighton with 21 points while tying Gregory Echenique for team-high honors with eight rebounds. Echenique had 10 points.
Creighton returns home on Saturday for a nationally-televised showdown with Wichita State. The game will air on ESPN2 and tip at 4 pm.