Creighton basketball was looking to not break a school record. The Bluejays had lost nine straight games tying a school mark and were 0-8 in Big East play, but last night behind a combined 38 points off the bench from Toby Hegner and James Milliken, the Jays got their first conference win knocking off St. John’s 77-74. Creighton improved to 10-12 (1-8 BIG EAST).
Hegner finished with a career-high 21 points in his first college game as a reserve while draining four big free throws in the final 12 seconds. D’Angelo Harrison’s game-tying three-pointer off the rim at the buzzer glanced off the rim. For once this conference schedule, a bounce at the end of a game went in Creighton’s favor.
Creighton took a 37-27 lead into the half, sinking 9-of-18 three-pointers before intermission, but St. John’s took its largest lead of the night at 55-51 on a three-pointer by Jamal Branch with 9:22 to play, but CU’s seniors answered. Avery Dingman hit a baseline jumper before Austin Chatman sank two foul shots to tie it. The Red Storm took its final lead with 4:21 left on a long three-pointer to beat the shot clock before CU took over.
Zach Hanson’s tip-dunk tied the game at 62-all with 3:58 left. Milliken then sank a corner three-pointer with 3;15 to play. Harrison answered with two foul shots before Milliken made 3-of-4 free throws in the next two trips, giving CU a 68-64 lead with 2:03 remaining. The Red Storm fouled Hegner twice down the stretch. With CU up one each time, he made 2-of-2 free throws with 12.0 seconds and 1.3 seconds left.
Hegner’s 21 points were four more than his previous best, while Milliken had 17 points. The duo combined for 13 of CU’s final 15 points on the night.
Creighton returns to action on Saturday when it hosts No. 21 Georgetown at 1:05 pm.