Khryi Thomas had 24 points and 11 rebounds and three Bluejay newcomers combined for 28 points in their first road game as the Creighton men’s basketball team earned a 92-88 win over No. 20 Northwestern at Allstate Arena on Wednesday in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Creighton improved to 3-0 while handing Northwestern (2-1) its first loss.
Creighton broke free midway through the first half thanks to three newcomers. Freshmen Ty-Shon Alexander and Mitch Ballock combined with senior transfer Manny Suarez to score 16 straight for the Bluejays, and a 10-0 run a short time later gave CU a 44-29 lead. Northwestern closed the half on a 14-7 run to trim the Bluejay lead to 51-43 at the half.
“The second half coach Collins made the decision to tap the breaks and slow it down so we couldn’t get out and run as much”, said Creighton coach Greg McDermott. “That allowed them to get back into the game and fortunately we made some big plays.”
Creighton shot 51.5 percent for the game and drained 14-of-16 foul shots on the night.
The Jays returns to action on Monday at 6 p.m. when it meets No. 23 UCLA at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic