Creighton Runs Away From Husker Men
(Lincoln, NE) - Keisei Tominaga had a game-high 20 points, but Nebraska was unable to overcome No. 15 Creighton’s 3-point shooting in an 89-60 loss Sunday afternoon.
Tominaga hit 8-of-16 shots from the floor but was the only NU player in double figures. The Huskers (7-1) were held to 33.8 percent shooting, including just 2-of-22 from 3-point range in suffering their first loss of the season.
Baylor Scheierman led Creighton (7-1) with 24 points, including 20 in the first half on six 3-pointers, as the Bluejays went 10-of-23 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes against a Nebraska team that was holding foes to just 26 percent from 3-point range entering the contest.
Creighton led 20-14 before Tominaga and Juwan Gary led the Huskers on a 9-2 spurt, taking a 23-22 lead after a Tominaga jumper with 8:54 left in the half, as Tominaga had 16 of his 20 points in opening 20 minutes.
Creighton then took over the Bluejays used a 11-2 spurt to build a 33-25 lead with 6:56 left in the half after a pair of Baylor Scheierman 3-pointers. Nebraska was within nine with less than two minutes remaining in the half after a Gary basket, but the Bluejays closed the half on a 9-3 run, including four free throws from Steven Ashworth to take a 52-27 lead in the break.
Nebraska got within 54-39 after a Gary steal and dunk with just over 18 minutes remaining, but Creighton used a 9-2 spurt to push the lead to 62-41, and Nebraska was unable to whittle down the margin.
Scheierman led four CU players in double figures, as Ryan Kalkbrenner, Steven Ashworth and Trey Alexander all finished with 13 points, as the Bluejays hit 14 3-pointers and out-rebounded Nebraska 48-37.
The Huskers will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 6, as Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference action at Minnesota. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be televised by BTN and broadcast on the Huskers Radio Network.