Boxscore
Creighton 63, Northern Iowa 60
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Officials - Randy McCall, Gerry Pollard, Mark Whitehead
Attendance - 16627

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Northern Iowa 33 27 60
Creighton 32 31 63

Recap


Northern Iowa took No. 21 Creighton to the wire in Omaha, but the Bluejays squeaked out a 63-60 win.

Creighton’s Grant Gibbs scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including two clutch free throws, to give the Bluejays a three-point lead with 15 seconds remaining.

Anthony James missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left, and after Doug McDermott missed the front-end of a 1-and-1, Chip Rank was off the mark on a desperation trey at the buzzer.

Antoine Young, Creighton’s only senior, led the Bluejays with a season-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Doug McDermott, the nation’s second leading scorer at 25.2 points per game, was held to 14.

Northern Iowa (12-5, 2-3 MVC) took its largest lead at 31-20, but Creighton closed the first half on a 12-2 run and trailed by one at the break. Northern Iowa junior Marc Sonnen matched his season high for points in just the first half on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers hit 8-of-12 3-pointers as a team in the opening half.

Creighton (14-2, 4-1 MVC) took an early lead in the second half as Gregory Echenique scored four points and grabbed six rebounds in the first four minutes. Northern Iowa quickly erased that deficit though with a 9-0 run and led for much of the second half. 

After the hot first half, Sonnen didn’t attempt a 3-pointer the rest of the game and finished with 15 to lead the team. Northern Iowa finished 12 of 26 from 3-point range.

Northern Iowa Panthers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Anthony James 33:00 4-17 2-5 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 1 0 0 10
Seth Tuttle 17:00 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 0 1 3 0 0 5
Marc Sonnen 35:00 5-9 5-5 0-0 2 2 4 3 1 1 2 1 15
Johnny Moran 33:00 3-6 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 0 9
Jake Koch 32:00 2-11 1-5 3-5 2 5 7 4 3 0 1 1 8
Chip Rank 24:00 1-3 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Deon Mitchell 8:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 2
Matt Morrison 11:00 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 5
Austin Pehl 7:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
TOTAL 200 22-59 12-26 4-7 10 21 31 12 11 6 5 2 60
  37.3% 46.2% 57.1% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 5

Creighton Bluejays

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Doug McDermott 38:00 7-15 0-2 0-1 0 8 8 4 1 0 3 0 14
Antoine Young 35:00 9-14 1-1 2-3 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 21
Gregory Echenique 22:00 0-4 0-0 4-6 5 6 11 1 3 0 4 3 4
Grant Gibbs 37:00 3-4 1-2 3-4 0 5 5 3 1 0 0 0 10
Jahenns Manigat 21:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 0 0
Josh Jones 19:00 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 6
Ethan Wragge 20:00 3-6 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 8
Austin Chatman 5:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Avery Dingman 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-50 6-15 9-14 7 25 32 16 11 2 9 4 63
  48.0% 40.0% 64.3% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 9
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