Boxscore
Creighton 99, Evansville 71
Saturday, March 3, 2012 5:05 PM
Location - Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri
Officials - Gerry Pollard, Mike Stuart, Scott Thornley
Attendance - 16271

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Evansville 30 41 71
Creighton 49 50 99

Recap


Creighton 99, Evansville 71: Gregory Echenique scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 24 Creighton into the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.

Creighton, the No. 2 seed, will meet Illinois State for the title Sunday.

The Bluejays gave early notice they wouldn’t be upset by the Purple Aces, making 8 of 11 first half 3-pointers and 13 of 23 (52.2 percent) for the game.

Thirteen Bluejays scored, with six players making a 3-pointer. Creighton’s 99 points were the most by the Bluejays in an MVC tournament game.

Creighton (27-5) was equally stingy on the boards, outrebounding the Purple Aces 22-6 in the first half and 43-17 for the game.

The Bluejays held the Purple Aces to 42.4 percent (25 of 59) from the field and 4 of 13 (30.5 percent) from 3-point range. Creighton outscored Evansville 40-26 in the paint.

MVC Player of the Year Doug McDermott added 14 points and nine rebounds, while teammate Antoine Young had 13 points and six assists.

Josh Jones made two 3-pointers in 15 seconds to put Creighton up 33-21 with 5:35 left in the first half, capping a 19-5 run. Jones (12 points) hit 4 of 5 3-pointers.

An 11-3 run in the last three minutes of the half gave Creighton a 49-30 lead at the break.

Kenny Harris led Evansville (16-15) with 17 points.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Colt Ryan, Evansville's leading scorer at 20.5 points per game, was held to 13 on 3 of 12 shooting. … Creighton’s bench outscored Evansville’s  42-14. … It was only the second time this season that McDermott did not attempt a 3-pointer.

Evansville Purple Aces

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Denver Holmes 34:00 4-11 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 11
Colt Ryan 36:00 3-12 0-2 7-9 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 13
Troy Taylor 30:00 4-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 5 5 2 1 0 8
Kenneth Harris 25:00 6-12 1-2 4-6 0 3 3 1 4 3 0 1 17
Ryan Sawvell 13:00 3-4 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 0 8
Ned Cox 18:00 2-5 0-2 1-1 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 0 5
Jaylon Moore 15:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 4
Lewis Jones 15:00 0-4 0-1 2-4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2
Rokas Cesnulevicius 7:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Matt Peeler 3:00 1-1 0-0 1-3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jordan Nelson 4:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 25-59 4-13 17-25 3 12 15 13 23 6 5 3 71
  42.4% 30.8% 68.0% 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
Gregory Echenique 20:00 8-11 0-0 4-5 6 3 9 0 1 1 2 3 20
Jahenns Manigat 19:00 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 4
Doug McDermott 23:00 3-4 0-0 8-10 1 8 9 1 1 0 2 0 14
Grant Gibbs 27:00 2-6 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 3 0 6
Antoine Young 20:00 3-4 0-0 7-7 0 2 2 6 0 1 0 0 13
Will Artino 14:00 5-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 2 5 1 1 0 10
Austin Chatman 20:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 0 2 0 2
Josh Jones 19:00 4-5 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 12
Avery Dingman 13:00 2-4 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 6
Ethan Wragge 16:00 2-5 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 8
Taylor Stormberg 3:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Matt Dorwart 3:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Derek Sebastian 3:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 200 32-53 12-23 23-28 9 30 39 22 18 3 12 4 99
  60.4% 52.2% 82.1% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 12
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