GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Creighton 76, Connecticut 74

STORRS, Conn. - Christian Bishop scored 19 points and Creighton used a 9-0 run in overtime to secure a 76-74 win over Connecticut.

Mitch Ballock added 13 points for the Bluejays (6-2, 2-1 Big East). Denzel Mahoney had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Marcus Zegarowski scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

James Bouknight scored a career-high 40 points for the Huskies (3-1, 0-1), who were playing for the first time in 17 days because of coronavirus-related issues.

Creighton led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but trailed by four points with 21 seconds left and had to rally to send the game to OT.

Zegarowski, who shot 4 of 14, made a layup with just over 13 seconds left to make it a two-point game at 66-64.

UConn's R.J. Cole, who scored 12 points, had a chance to ice the game for the Huskies, but missed a pair of foul shots on the other end.

Damien Jefferson hit a jumper in the lane just before the buzzer to tie the game.

Isaiah Whaley scored UConn's first basket in the new Big East with a short jumper and the Huskies had an early 8-3 lead after a 3-point play by Bouknight, who drew a foul on a driving reverse layup off a steal from R.J. Cole.

But the Bluejays scored the next nine points and went on an 15-3 run, sparked by Damien Jefferson's second 3-pointer.

Creighton led 33-29 at halftime.

Bouknight's 3-pointer from the top of the key gave the Huskies a 36-35 lead early in the second half and the teams went back and forth from there.

There were 15 lead changes in the game.


December 20, 2020