No. 5 Creighton beats Twelfth-seeded UCSB 63-62 with clutch FTs

Christian Bishop made each ends of a one-and-one with 16 seconds left to provide fifth-seeded Creighton the lead and the Bluejays held on to beat Twelfth-seeded UC Santa Barbara 63-62 within the first spherical of the NCAA Event

INDIANAPOLIS — Christian Bishop made each ends of a one-and-one with 16 seconds left to provide fifth-seeded Creighton the lead, and the Bluejays held on to beat Twelfth-seeded UC Santa Barbara 63-62 on Saturday within the first spherical of the NCAA Event.

Creighton’s turbulent season, which included a one-game suspension for coach Greg McDermott after he made a racially insensitive comment within the locker room, continues Monday within the West Area when the Bluejays (21-8) face both Virginia or Ohio.

Bishop was fouled by Amadou Sow on the ground after grabbing an offensive rebound and went to the road with the Gauchos (22-5) up 62-61.

The junior got here into the sport making 57% from the road, however dropped in each, barely touching the rim.

The Gauchos (22-5) got here proper down and put the ball within the palms of their finest participant, JaQuori McLaughlin. The Massive West participant of the yr cut up a double-team behind the 3-point line and located Sow within the lane, however the 6-foot-9 junior could not end on the rim. Shereef Mitchell rebounded the miss for Creighton with 3 seconds left.

Sow scored the final 4 factors for UC Santa Barbara, together with two free throws for the lead with 37.9 seconds left, and completed with 12 factors. McLaughlin led UCSB with 13 factors.

The Massive West champions with a beachside campus had been making their first NCAA Event look since 2011 and almost received within the Massive Dance for the primary time in 31 years.

Marcus Zegarowski scored 17 to guide Creighton and Bishop had 15 factors and 11 rebounds,

The Bluejays received an NCAA Event recreation for the primary time since 2014, once they reached the second spherical for the third straight season behind McDermott’s father, Doug McDermott.

It appeared hardly sure the youthful McDermott would lead the crew into the match this yr after he created a firestorm by twice utilizing the time period “plantation” as a part of an analogy urging crew unity.

He was suspended for the ultimate recreation of the common season, apologized a number of instances and was reinstated for the Massive East Event. Creighton reached the ultimate earlier than being blown out by Georgetown.

The Bluejays pushed forward of the Gauchos by 10 factors within the first seven minutes of the second half, making it 47-37 on Mitch Ballock’s three-point play off a drive to the basket.

It did not final lengthy. Miles Norris had a blocked shot that led to his transition 3 in a 13-2 surge for the Gauchos that put them up 50-49 with 9:46 left.

Creighton grabbed the lead again with 3:08 remaining when Bishop completed a pick-and-roll with a reverse two-handed dunk to make it 59-58. After a protracted UCSB possession that produced no factors, Zegarowski made a straight-on jumper with 1:39 left to make it 61-58.


UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos began quick, making 9 of their first 12 photographs and taking a 23-15 lead. After grabbing a six-point led within the second-half on a McLaughlin 3, UCSB tried to run the clock and shorten the sport, however they did not get sufficient attractiveness down the stretch.

Creighton: McDermott’s troubles emerged amid some uneven play by the Bluejays, who had been 3-3 of their earlier six video games. They dropped consecutive video games to Xavier and Villanova and weren’t aggressive in opposition to Georgetown.


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