Dec. 11, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton's Ethan Wragge hit five of his game-high six three-pointers in the second half as the Bluejays pulled away for a 82-75 victory over Saint Joseph's Saturday evening at the Qwest Center. Carl Jones led the way for the Hawks with a team-high 17 points.
In the early part of the second half, the teams traded leads before Wragge hit three straight 3-pointers and Kaleb Korver added another to give the Bluejays the 52-48 edge at 13:29. Wragge continued his hot streak, hitting two more threes, with a layup by Antoine Young building Creighton's lead to 60-50 with 12:01 to go.
Saint Joseph's Justin Crosgile had a string of threes of his own, making two in the second half, with the second one pulling the Hawks closer at 60-55. The Bluejays (5-4) answered with the inside play of Kenny Lawson, whose back-to-back baskets gave Creighton its biggest lead of the second half, 68-59, with 6:03 to play. Lawson would have 10 points in a four-minute span.
Trailing 78-70, Ronald Roberts scored on a putback to cut it to 78-72. After a Creighton turnover, Jones was fouled on a 3-point attempt, and converted all three at 38.7 seconds to pull SJU within 78-75. Antoine Young made two free throws at 31.5 and the Hawks missed on their next possession. Jahenns Manigat made two free throws to provide the final margin.
The Hawks (3-7) fell behind 6-1 at the start of the game but went ahead 10-6 behind nine-straight points.
Saint Joseph's took its biggest lead of the half, 30-18, with over six minutes to play, but Creighton would close out the half with a 20-6 run, to take a 38-36 halftime lead.
For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 41.9 percent from the floor (26-of-62), 42.9 percent from behind the arc (9-of-21) and hit 14-of-19 from the foul line.
Individually for the Hawks, Crosgile and Jones combined to go 11-of-22 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line for a combined 32 points. Crosgile's 15 points were a season-best for the sophomore, while freshman Langston Galloway was the only other Hawk in double figures, scoring 13 points to go with a team-high six rebounds.
Lawson paced Creighton with a game-high 30 points and added 18 rebounds. Wragge, who finished 7-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-9 from behind the arc, added 22 points with Young chipping in 17 points. As a team, the Bluejays shot 49.1 percent from the floor (27-of-55).
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, December 21 at Boston University. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on NESN.