NEWARK, N.J. (AP) All No. 17 Creighton wanted to beat Seton Corridor was Mitch Ballock’s largest recreation of the season and a not often used or practiced zone protection that allowed the Bluejays to beat their largest deficit in a win since 2014.
Ballock hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play to cap a season-high 29-point efficiency and Creighton overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Seton Corridor 85-81 on Wednesday evening.
“Our guys stored believing,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott mentioned. “If you find yourself in a state of affairs like this the very last thing you are able to do is begin doubting each other.”
The Bluejays (12-4, 8-Three Huge East) had been at their finest within the last 2:57, closing with a 14-2 run to to steal one from Seton Corridor (9-7, 6-4).
Graduate switch Bryce Aiken scored a season-high 21 factors and Myles Cale had 18 of his 20 within the first half to steer Seton Corridor.
The final time the groups met on Jan. 6, Creighton gained 89-53. On this evening, it appeared Seton Corridor was going to get a measure of revenge after scoring 54 factors within the first half to take a 10-point lead.
“The mentality of this workforce is to maintain plugging, maintain taking part in laborious,” mentioned guard Marcus Zegarowski, who added 18 factors. “They hit some powerful photographs within the first half and we knew if we simply acquired stops within the second half.”
The stops got here when McDermott had the workforce play a zone that Ballock admitted that they had not practiced a lot since putting in it within the early fall.
“When you’ve gotten a workforce that’s mature sufficient and the bulk are higher classmen, you simply should be prepared for no matter,” Ballock mentioned. “The coaches put us in an excellent state of affairs and made changes and we stole one, truthfully.”
The final time Creighton overcame a 15-point deficit to win was on Nov. 18, 2014, in a 65-63 resolution over Oklahoma.
Creighton didn’t take its first lead within the second half till Zegarowski hit a 3-pointer with 1:07 to go for an 81-79 edge. The Pirates tied the sport on a layup by Takal Molson with 51 seconds left, however Ballock nailed his seventh 3-pointer to place the Bluejays forward for good.
Seton Corridor had an opportunity to tie it with eight seconds to play, however Shavar Reynolds’ off-balance 3-pointer was not shut.
“This workforce has performed unselfish all 12 months,” Seton Corridor coach Kevin Willard mentioned. “I mentioned this at the start of the 12 months if we’re going to attempt to outscore (groups), we’re going to have a tough time doing that. We’ve got to dig in and get late stops. We haven’t been in a position to do this this 12 months.”
Seton Corridor shot 66% (19 of 29) and acquired 18 factors from Cale in taking a 54-44 halftime lead. Creighton needed to hit 10 of 15 from past the arc and shoot 53% to be inside 10.
The 54 factors had been a season excessive for any half for the Pirates, and the 19-of-29 capturing matched an effort towards Penn State earlier this season.
Creighton: After shedding two straight, the Bluejays knocked off UConn and rallied to beat Seton Corridor. It ought to maintain them within the High 25, the place they’ve been all season.
Seton Corridor: The Pirates have performed nicely these days. They had been coming off a two-point loss to No. Three Villanova final week in a recreation determined by a loose-ball foul name within the last second. This loss may need been more durable.
For the primary time this season, Seton Corridor allowed a small group of members of the family to attend the sport. One in every of them was Mamukelashvili’s mom, Marianna Oakley. She flew in from the Republic of Georgia to observe her son play a university recreation for the primary time.
Creighton: At DePaul on Saturday.
Seton Corridor: Hosts No. Three Villanova on Saturday.
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