NCAAB Game Recap - Oklahoma at Creighton
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:30 PM EST

SEMO
48
OhSt
80
F
N TX
58
Dayt
71
F
NFla
81
FlaSt
98
F
Seatt
59
Wash
81
F
SIU-E
73
Winth
93
F
Iona
86
Princ
90
F(OT)
Stetsn
76
UNCA
78
F
UMBC
55
GTown
81
F
MD-ES
57
ECU
71
F
Kent
85
NCAT
71
F(OT)
(N/A)
66
StFPA
115
F
Amer
82
MtStM
76
F
Elon
46
Campbl
60
F
MsVl
50
WriSt
92
F
CenMI
79
RobM
83
F
NE
55
E MI
60
F
Prov
51
Fla
83
F
NCC
60
LaTec
69
F
TNTec
60
Lipsco
78
F
(N/A)
50
N DA
109
F
Gram
72
Marq
93
F
MryMO
69
StLou
82
F
Toled
57
UMKC
72
F
(N/A)
74
Drake
92
F
Oral
97
ChiSt
59
F
N AL
56
UAB
63
F
(N/A)
61
APSU
80
F
AlaAM
79
SthAL
89
F
Okla
73
Crei
83
F
Denv
64
N CO
86
F
JWCO
42
AF
99
F
USF
56
Stan
64
F
GrCan
71
NM
91
F
Purd
69
Ohio
51
F
NebOm
56
E WA
97
F
(N/A)
62
Web
109
F
UCIrv
61
UTEP
67
F
Temp
77
Mia-FL
78
F
PorSt
71
Pepp
77
F

Dec 17, 2019, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Oklahoma (7-3)

38

35

73

Creighton (9-2)

41

42

83

Zegarowski, Alexander lead Creighton past Oklahoma 83-73
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:25 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton shot a season-low field-goal percentage and went more than nine minutes in the second half without a basket at home, yet never trailed after the first five minutes in rolling past Oklahoma 83-73 on Tuesday night in the Big 12/Big East Battle.

The Bluejays improved to 9-2 by drilling 29 of 36 free throws, both season highs.

"It was not a typical type of game that usually we are successful in," CU coach Greg McDermott said. "We don't want a game with a lot of fouls and a lot of stoppage."

The sometimes-balky pace didn't bother Creighton's Marcus Zegarowski. The sophomore guard scored a team-high 20 points - he hit 12 of 14 free throws - and added eight rebounds and seven assists. He praised his team's spunk in knocking off the taller Sooners.

"We're not the biggest team and we're not the strongest team," the 6-foot-2 Zegarowski said. "But we can be the toughest team, and I think tonight we showed that."

Joining Zegarowski in double figures was Ty-Shon Alexander with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Mitch Ballock with 17 points and seven rebounds and Denzel Mahoney with 14 points, in his first game since gaining eligibility after transferring from Southeast Missouri State.

Creighton, which entered the night shooting 47.8%, was held to 36.8%, but still improved its home record to 8-0, with every victory by at least nine points. Oklahoma (7-3) and playing away from home for the fifth straight game, lost their second straight and for the third time in the past five games.

"Creighton just had a little upper hand all night," OU coach Lon Kruger said. "They were quick to loose balls and quicker on the boards, and had things going the way they wanted to.

Creighton, up 41-38 at halftime, started the second half on a 13-3 run to go ahead 54-41 with 16:15 to play. All five Bluejay starters scored in that burst.

Oklahoma responded with a 15-4 run of its own to close to 58-56 with 11:33 to play, with Austin Reaves scoring six of his game-high 23 points in that stretch.

But Creighton cranked up its defense from there, holding OU scoreless for the next 5:41 while converting eight free throws and a 3-pointer from Ballock to break the field-goal drought and eventually take a 71-56 lead with 6:01 left.

Oklahoma never got closer than nine points after that.

Kristian Doolittle added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Sooners.

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma, after a 5-0 start, will finally return home for the first time in a month in hopes of shaking off three losses in the past five games.

Creighton, now with wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma, will try to add another power conference victory at Arizona State.

NEW MAN ON CAMPUS

Creighton's Mahoney, who just became eligible last weekend after transferring from Southeast Missouri State, didn't have to wait long to enter his first game. Just 17 seconds in, teammate Christian Bishop drew a foul and Mahoney was sent in to replace him. The 6-5 225-pound forward went on to play 29 minutes, producing 14 points, one rebound and one assist.

BOARDS NEEDED

Oklahoma was outrebounded 46 to 41 by Creighton. The Sooners, in their other two losses, were outrebounded by 19 and 17.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma hosts UCF on Saturday afternoon.

Creighton plays at Arizona State on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Oklahoma PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Bieniemy 0 0 4 3 0 0
J. Hill 0 0 2 4 1 0
Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Jones 0 0 0 1 0 0
M. Zegarowski 20 0 7 8 1 0

Team Comparison

Okla Crei
Points For 73 83
Field Goals 23/69-33% 21/57-37%
Three Pointers 8/32-25% 12/35-34%
Free Throws 19/21-90% 29/36-81%
Offensive Rebounds 10 9
Defensive Rebounds 31 37
Rebounds 42 51
Blocks 2 1
Steals 3 4
Turnovers 8 10
Personal Fouls 22 19
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 17 Okla 73 @ Crei 83 D. Harmon 3 S. Mitchell 2

Game Information

Stadium: CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Attendance: 17,146
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