Dec. 9, 2007
OMAHA, NE - Creighton (6-1) overcame a four-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force overtime and defeat Saint Joseph's (4-4), 90-84, in overtime at the Qwest Center, despite a career-high 23 points from the Hawks' Tasheed Carr. It was the second loss in a row for SJU.
The Bluejays' Dane Watts hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 70-70. Pat Calathes had a chance to win it at the buzzer for Saint Joseph's, but his 3-point shot bounced off the rim.
Creighton scored nine of the first 11 points in the extra period. Chad Millard's 3-pointer with 3:10 left in overtime put the Bluejays up 79-72. The Hawks twice closed to within four, but Creighton went 17-of-20 from the foul line in the extra period to hold on.
In regulation, the game went back-and-forth, with Saint Joseph's coming back from an eight-point deficit and making a 15-5 run to take a 35-34 lead at halftime. Darrin Govens had 14 points in the first half, making 3-of-6 from three-point range.
The Hawks held the lead for part of the second half, but then Creighton came back and went up 61-58 with 4:53 to play. SJU used free throws from Rob Ferguson and Ahmad Nivins and a basket by Pat Calathes to tie the game at 62-62 with 2:21 to play. Saint Joseph's led by 67-63 with 1:09 left after two free throws from Garrett Williamson, but a 3-pointer from Nick Bahe, and four consecutive points by Watts forced the extra period. "I thought there were three segments of the game - the opening of the game, the second half and the overtime - where we were on our heels. The rest of the game we got into the battle. There were stretches we won and had a nice beat to our game. But those three segments let it get away from us," said SJU coach Phil Martelli.
Watts finished the game with a career-high 29 points for Creighton, making 12-of-15 from the foul line.
Carr scored 15 points in the second half while Govens, Calathes and Ferguson each added 14.
Saint Joseph's gets a break for final exams before traveling to Fairfield on December 21.