10-0 Run Lifts No. 21 BYU Past Creighton, 77-65

By: Creighton Media Relations
By: Creighton Media Relations

OMAHA, Neb. -- A 10-0 run late in the second half lifted No. 21 BYU to a 77-65 win over host Creighton on Wednesday night at Qwest Center Omaha. The game was part of the annual Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge Series, which was won by the MVC 5-4 last season.

BYU is now 7-0, while Creighton fell to 4-3. The Bluejays had won 26 straight regular-season non-conference home games dating to 2007, and had won 36 consecutive Wednesday home games since 2000 prior to the defeat.

Brandon Davies had 19 of his career-high 24 points in the second half, one of four Cougars in double-figures. All-American Jimmer Fredette (24.8 ppg.) was held to a season-low 13 points, but teammates Jackson Emery (13 points) and Kyle Collinsworth (12 points, 10 rebounds) also played a big role for the visitors.

Creighton was paced by 20 points and 12 rebounds by Doug McDermott, the first double-double by a Bluejay freshman since Bob Harstad in 1988. Antoine Young added 15 points while Darryl Ashford scored 12.

Creighton fell behind by 12 points as early as 24-12 midway through the first half, and would trail by a dozen on three occasions in the first half. CU used a 10-4 run before the break to close within 34-28 at the half.

Creighton continued its momentum in the second half. Down seven, Young and Ashford drained consecutive triples to get CU within one. After a Fredette lay-up put BYU up 48-45, CU forged a tie at 48 on a triple by Ethan Wragge, his first of the year. Creighton also tied the score at 51 on three free throws by Ashford, before BYU launched its game-deciding 10-0 run.

The run started on consecutive three-point plays by both Fedette and Davies. After a Collinsworth tip-in, Noah Hartsock would close the run with a dunk in transition, making it 61-51 with 8:16 left.

The hosts would get as close as five points at 61-56 with 6:10 left, only to have Jackson Emery answer with a trey to put the game away.

BYU outrebounded Creighton 43-33 and shot 47.7 percent from the floor. The Cougars had 16 assists and just six turnovers while also claiming seven steals. Hartsock had five of BYU's six blocked shots.

Creighton shot 39.3 percent from the floor, but did make 83.3 percent at the line. CU had 13 assists, seven turnovers, four steals and three blocks (all by Ashford).

Creighton returns to action on Sunday with a battle against in-state rival Nebraska. Tip-off from the Bob Devaney Sports Center is set for 1:05 pm. The game can be heard on KXSP (Big Sports 590 AM) and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

NOTES: Creighton had been 23-0 in Qwest Center Omaha home games on Wednesday's, and hadn't lost at home on a Wednesday since 2000 vs. Tulsa ... The last non-conference team to beat Creighton in the regular-season was Drexel in 2007 ... Doug McDermott's double-double was the first by a Bluejay freshman since Bob Harstad had 18 points and 13 rebounds at Bradley on March 9, 1988 ... Creighton's last 20 point/10 rebound game was on Dec. 6, 2009, when Kenny Lawson Jr. had 25 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Nebraska ... Creighton fell to 2-2 in home games vs. ranked teams at Qwest Center Omaha ... Darryl Ashford's three blocks were a career-high and give him nine swats in Creighton's last five games ... Creighton fell to 18-117 all-time vs. ranked teams, including an 11-31 mark at home ... Creighton had been 39-1 in home games following a loss dating to the start of the 2004-05 campaign.

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