Dec. 6, 2008
PHILADELPHIA --Creighton used a barrage of three-pointers and held off a late Saint Joseph's rally to defeat the Hawks, 69-58, at The Palestra. SJU drops to 3-4 with the loss.
Booker Woodfox scored a career-high 29 points. He hit on 9-of-13 shots, including 7-of-9 three pointers, while his team made 13-of-28 from beyond the arc, both season highs.
Ahmad Nivins had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks for his fifth double-double of the season. He went 5-for-8 from the field and made 8-of-10 from the foul line. Darrin Govens added 13 points for SJU and Tasheed Carr had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Blue Jays (5-2) led 58-37 with 7:52 left to play in the game when the Hawks went on an 18-3 run, and two straight layups by Tasheed Carr cut the lead to 61-55 with 1:07 to go.
However, P'Allen Stinnett and Woodfox each made two free throws to end the threat. Creighton built up its first double-digit lead, 24-14, with 8:49 to play in the first half and took a 32-20 margin into intermission. The Bluejays made six three-pointers in the first 20 minutes, led by three from Woodfox.
"We felt that if we could hold this game in a 65-point range we would be in the game, but that just wasn't the case. When you get outscored from the 3-point line, 39-6, it's hard to make those points up. We've got to go back to work," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
The game was SJU's first this year at The Palestra, which is its homecourt this season, as the on-campus Fieldhouse undergoes expansion and renovation.
The Hawks take to the road for their next two games, visiting Towson on Tuesday, December 9 and rival Villanova on Thursday, December 11.