Dec. 1, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - Langston Galloway had 10 points, but the Saint Joseph's men's basketball team had no answers for 11th-ranked Creighton on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Bluejays by the score of 80-51 at the CenturyLink Center.
Doug McDermott scored 18 points in the first half, and 23 for the game, to lead Creighton (7-1) to the win. Gregory Echenique also reached double-figures, tallying 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
McDermott scored the first five points of the game, but a Carl Jones three-pointer with 17:22 to play in the first half got the Hawks back within two. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, it would not get any closer as the Bluejays ran out to a 21-5 lead in the first nine minutes.
The Creighton lead swelled to 24 at 34-10 with 7:46 to play in the frame on the back of 62% shooting, including 5-of-9 from outside, for the Bluejays. Creighton would end the half on top, 47-20, after converting 17-of-30 from the field (56.7%) and 6-of-12 from three-point range.
Saint Joseph's (4-2) shot just 29.6% (8-of-27) from the field in the first half, converting four of 15 three-point attempts.
The Hawks upped their shooting percentage to 46.2% in the second, but the early hole would prove insurmountable. Halil Kanacevic scored the first four points of the half for SJU, but Josh Jones and McDermott answered with consecutive threes to push the lead to 29 with 17:17 to play.
A 7-2 stretch for Saint Joseph's brought the deficit back to 24 with 12:26 remaining. Ronald Roberts and Galloway nailed jumpers before Jones converted a three-point play to make it a 55-31 game. The Bluejays then answered with 11 of the next 12 points to take a 66-32 lead with 7:32 to go in the game.
Saint Joseph's then went on a 9-0 spurt over the next two minutes to cut into the margin. A steal by Papa Ndao led to a three-point play by Galloway before the junior guard drained a three-pointer on the next possession. C.J. Aiken then made a layup and the ensuing free throw to make the score 66-41 with 5:36 left on the clock.
From there, the teams traded baskets for the duration of the contest, with Chris Wilson converting a layup off an assist from Ndao and a steal from Taylor Trevisan with less than a second on the clock to set the final margin.
Creighton finished the game shooting 56.6% from the field, including 10-of-21 (47.6%) from three-point range. The Bluejays also hit on all 10 of their free throw attempts. Meanwhile, the Hawks shot just 37.7% for the day and 7-of-28 from outside.
"The better team obviously won the game," said Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli. "I just told my team, all credit goes to Creighton for their fire, their execution, their game plan...we have some good food for thought."
Saint Joseph's will play its second of three straight road games on December 4 when the Hawks head to Baltimore to face Coppin State. Tip-off on Tuesday is slated for 7:30 p.m. and can be heard live on SportsRadio 610 WIP.