Senior Will Artino had four straight second half baskets to start a 13-2 run as 10th seeded Creighton defeated seventh-seeded DePaul, 78-63, on Wednesday evening in the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
With the win, Creighton (14-18) advances to play second-seeded Georgetown in Thursday’s third quarterfinal, which is slated to start at 6:01 pm Central and be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1. DePaul ends its season at 12-20.
Creighton led for all but 17 seconds in the first half, and that DePaul lead was quickly erased by one of three three-pointers from James Milliken. Milliken led all players with 15 points in the first half.
Creighton took a 72-56 lead into the final media timeout after six-point scoring binge by Austin Chatman and a corner three-pointer from Avery Dingman. The free throws by Chatman with 4:34 to go made him the 39th player in CU history to reach 1,000 career points.
DePaul got no closer than 11 down the stretch.
Milliken led Creighton with 22 points, while Chatman (11) and Brooks (12) also reached double-figures. Chatman and Brooks tied for team-high honors with five assists each, while Artino hauled down a team-best eight rebounds. Creighton shot 48.1 percent overall and had 14 assists against just five turnovers.
Story courtesy: GoCreighton.com