NCAAB Game Recap - Nebraska at Creighton
Sat Dec 7, 2019 2:30 PM EST

Colora
58
Kansas
72
F
Ill
58
MD
59
F
PSU
74
OhSt
106
F
FaDi
52
KY
83
F
Ariz
58
Baylor
63
F
HI
64
Oreg
89
F
Mem
65
UAB
57
F
Vill
78
StJos
66
F
Fla
62
Butl
76
F
Fres
70
UtSt
77
F(OT)
NJIT
65
UCF
78
F
Syr
97
GaTec
63
F
WVU
68
StJon
70
F
StFNY
63
UMassL
94
F
FlInt
84
KennSt
81
F
Stetsn
61
VMI
88
F
StFPA
63
UMBC
60
F
UMass
55
Harv
89
F
E MI
55
Detr
51
F
CarBi
40
Citad
108
F
Lafy
62
Corn
59
F
Maine
66
CenCT
64
F
IUPUI
54
Ball
102
F
LongI
85
Army
72
F
NCAT
52
Brad
83
F
Presb
68
SCSt
80
F
BC
73
ND
72
F
MiaO
87
Evans
101
F
Nev
100
AF
85
F
CSBak
67
Miss
83
F
(N/A)
59
LoyIL
90
F
Boston
79
Bingha
84
F(OT)
IndSt
84
WriSt
77
F(OT)
YSU
64
W MI
66
F
NCSU
91
Wake
82
F
Charl
76
UNCW
57
F
Longw
65
Morg
73
F
Manh
54
Ford
53
F(OT)
LaSal
71
Drex
63
F
Nebras
76
Crei
95
F
Hof
45
StBon
73
F
NMSt
54
WaSt
63
F
UNLV
50
BYU
83
F
ArkSt
66
Tuls
63
F
UCSB
72
TexAr
68
F
SIU
69
SoMis
72
F
Rice
60
Lamar
73
F
(N/A)
47
TXSo
85
F
LoyMD
64
MtStM
48
F
Del
56
GrgWas
66
F
NM
79
Wyo
65
F
UtVal
72
S UT
73
F
UNCA
77
WCU
78
F
UNCG
60
Radf
58
F
David
70
NE
63
F
Oakl
65
BGSU
68
F
IPFW
49
IL-C
62
F
WIGB
80
E IL
93
F
GASt
73
Mercer
61
F
(N/A)
53
TXAMC
81
F
Ind
64
Wisc
84
F
Cal
52
SCla
71
F
CenAR
67
Utah
98
F
JacSt
62
AlaAM
67
F(OT)
TexSA
77
TxSt
71
F
NFla
83
APSU
90
F
Cin
66
Xav
73
F
UNH
67
Quin
75
F
NCC
53
ChaSo
58
F
BethC
60
Jacksn
82
F
SEMO
73
Drake
78
F
ArkLR
53
N TX
76
F
Norf
53
Hamp
64
F
RobM
64
FlGlf
59
F
GWebb
77
Woff
81
F
Tows
38
Vermt
55
F
Pacif
65
LongB
46
F
MorSt
50
IlSt
61
F
CoCar
92
Winth
88
F
Brown
63
Stony
79
F
Maris
51
Navy
53
F(OT)
Yale
78
Leh
65
F
Clev
59
Kent
81
F
Amer
53
GMas
68
F
Albany
64
Buck
65
F
Ark
79
W Ky
86
F(OT)
Mizzu
64
Temp
54
F
NIU
57
UCDav
66
F
(N/A)
65
InWor
101
F
ETSU
68
NDSt
78
F
Samf
113
HBU
90
F
(N/A)
34
AbCh
102
F
OlDom
57
VACom
69
F
MidTN
52
Murr
85
F
Sac
62
CS-Ful
59
F
(N/A)
46
Web
86
F
ArkPB
50
UTEP
59
F
ColSt
64
Bois
75
F
Marq
73
KansSt
65
F
ULLa
65
AzSt
77
F
GTown
91
SMU
74
F
Gram
67
LoyMa
83
F
Sien
66
CAPoly
70
F
Portl
71
Seatt
73
F
HolyC
51
USD
68
F
CBap
68
UCIrv
60
F

Dec 7, 2019, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Nebraska (4-5)

22

54

76

Creighton (7-2)

48

47

95

Creighton rides fast start to a 95-76 win over Cornhuskers
Sat Dec 7, 2019 5:48 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton had its long winning streak against Nebraska end last year, and even though the Cornhuskers have a first-year coach and 14 new players, that didn't tamp down the Bluejays' desire for payback.

The Bluejays sought to re-establish themselves as the dominant program in the state, and they left no doubt they are Saturday.

Marcus Zegarowski scored 30 points to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the Bluejays made fast work of rebuilding Nebraska in a 95-76 win at the sold-out CHI Health Center.

Zegarowski made four 3-pointers, finished 13 of 19 from the field, grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and matched his season high with six assists for the Bluejays (7-2).

"It's a huge deal not only for the team but for the whole fan base, everybody who supports Creighton," Zegarowski said. "Obviously last year didn't go like we wanted. This year we bounced back and won the game handily, although we wanted to win it more handily. Didn't happen. I'm still happy for my guys."

The Bluejays lost 94-75 in Lincoln last year, ending their seven-game win streak in the series. They also had to endure taunts from fans after it was disclosed Creighton had come up in an FBI investigation into college basketball.

"It really hurt a lot," said Ty-Shon Alexander, who had a season-high 22 points with four 3s. "Especially all the messages and the things people were saying down at Nebraska last year. We took it personal. We wish we could have beat them (by) more. We did what we had to do. Great win for us."

Haanif Cheatham led the Cornhuskers (4-5) with 14 points. Cam Mack and Thor Thorbjarnarson had 12 apiece.

With a pro-Creighton crowd of 18,068 that included Governor Pete Ricketts on hand, first-year Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg got a baptism by fire in the annual game between the state's top Division I programs.

In a game reminiscent of 2013, when Creighton got out to a 38-8 lead against the Tim Miles-coached Huskers, the Bluejays were up 37-7 with six minutes left in the first half and were never threatened.

"Give Creighton credit," Hoiberg said. "They threw the first punch - the second, third and fourth punches as well."

Damien Jefferson, who entered the game 1 for 15 on 3-pointers, and Alexander each made a couple shots from distance as the Bluejays opened an 18-2 lead. Zegarowski scored 12 points over the next eight minutes as the advantage ballooned to 42-11.

Nebraska made just 2 of its first 19 shots and finished the first half 8 of 34 and down 48-22.

Hoiberg said the game plan was to get back on defense and slow down the the up-tempo Bluejays. That didn't happen. On the offensive end, the Huskers settled for bad shots rather than getting the ball inside.

"When you dig yourself that type of hole, it's hard," Hoiberg said. "You're putting a lot of pressure on yourself and expending a lot of energy trying to climb back."

The Huskers whittled into the lead in the second half. They used an 18-7 spurt to pull within 67-48, but Zegarowski made a couple shots and Mitch Ballock hit a 3-pointer to get it back to 74-49. Nebraska never got closer than 20 points until the final minute, when the Huskers closed a 10-0 run with reserves playing for both teams.

Hoiberg took some consolation in his team scoring 54 points and shooting 61% in the second half.

"If you don't play a complete 40 minutes against a team like this," Hoiberg said, "you're going to be in trouble."

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: One of Hoiberg's concerns has been his team tending to fold when adversity strikes. The Huskers easily could have quit after falling behind quickly, but they didn't. They missed more than two shots in a row only once after half.

Creighton: The Bluejays reasserted their control in the series and have now won all six of their home games by no fewer than nine points. The Bluejays hold a 27-26 edge in the series and hasn't lost to Nebraska in Omaha since the 2004 NIT.

HUSKER TRANSFERS

Nebraska guard Samari Curtis has decided to transfer, Hoiberg announced. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman from Xenia, Ohio, appeared in the first eight games and averaged 1.8 points and 0.9 rebounds.

DON'T BE LATE

Thorbjarnarson made his first start of the season for Nebraska. He replaced Mack, who started the first eight games at point guard. Hoiberg's reason: : "He was one minute late to the bus today. Be on time."

UP NEXT

Nebraska opens Big Ten play at Indiana on Friday.

Creighton hosts Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Friday.

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Leaders

Nebraska PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Cross 0 0 0 1 0 0
H. Cheatham 14 0 1 5 0 0
Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Scurry 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Canfield 0 0 1 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Nebras Crei
Points For 76 95
Field Goals 27/65-42% 35/66-53%
Three Pointers 9/27-33% 13/30-43%
Free Throws 13/24-54% 12/15-80%
Offensive Rebounds 8 7
Defensive Rebounds 26 36
Rebounds 37 46
Blocks 3 4
Steals 4 6
Turnovers 12 15
Personal Fouls 13 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Crei Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 7 Nebras 76 @ Crei 95 A. Arop 2 N. Zeil 2

Game Information

Stadium: CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Attendance: 18,068
Game Time: