Creighton Blows Out Drake
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton placed five players in double-figures and shot a school-record 65.9 percent in a 79-56 win over Drake on Tuesday night. The win came in front of a state- and Creighton-record crowd of 16,315, the largest in league history for a regular-season conference match-up.
Anthony Tolliver had 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and five blocks while Nick Bahe had a career-best 15 points in the Bluejay win.
Creighton (10-5, 4-1 MVC) opened the game by taking a 21-9 lead, keyed by six quick points off the bench from Bahe. Nate Funk converted a three-point play with 8:04 left in the first half to give CU a 29-16 lead, but the Bluejays were held without a field goal the rest of the half. While Creighton went cold, Drake (9-7, 0-5 MVC) heated up. The Bulldogs unveiled runs of 12-0 and 15-1, eventually taking its only lead at 31-30 on two free throws by Al Stewart. Funk answered with two free throws in the final six seconds, giving CU a 32-31 lead at the break.
The Bluejays were red-hot in the second stanza, hitting 18-of-23 field goals after half, making 78.3 percent for the half. The Bluejays opened the second half with a 9-1 run to go up 42-33 at the 17:49 mark. Another 10-0 spurt by the Jays pushed the lead back to 54-38 on a lay-up by Dane Watts. Drake would not get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Creighton placed a season-high five players in double-figures. Tolliver had 18 points, six rebounds, a career-high six assists and tied his best with five blocked shots. Playing with a sprained ankle and split lip, Bahe had a career-high 15 points, tossing in five three-pointers. Also in double-figures were Watts with 13 points and a career-high five assists, Funk with 12 points, and Nick Porter with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds to go with four assists.
CU shot 29-of-44 for the game, good for a school-record 65.9 percent that also ranks as the best performance in the MVC this year. Amazingly, CU hit 21-of-24 two-point baskets, good for 87.5 percent. CU also hit 8-of-20 three-pointers and 13-of-17 free throws.
Drake was led by 11 points each from Jonathan Cox and Nick Grant. Klayton Korver, the younger brother of former CU All-American Kyle Korver, had five points and a team-high six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. The Bulldogs, which lost their fifth straight, shot just 32.8 percent but did have 14 assists and just seven turnovers. DU also owned a 32-26 lead on the glass.
Creighton is now 10-5 and 4-1 in the MVC, tied for first with Northern Iowa and Missouri State. Drake fell to 9-7 (0-5 MVC) with its fifth straight loss.