Creighton finishes strong, knocks off Nebraska
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(AP) Marcus Foster scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and Creighton beat Nebraska 75-65 Saturday for its seventh straight win over the Cornhuskers.
Foster, held to 1-of-5 shooting in the first half, hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 46 seconds to play to put the Bluejays (8-2) up 69-63.
Mitch Ballock had 11 of his 13 points in the second, Ronnie Harrell Jr. finished with 12 and Khyri Thomas added 11 for Creighton.
Isaac Copeland had a double-double with 20 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for Nebraska (7-4). The Huskers got 16 points from James Palmer Jr., and 10 from Isaiah Roby. Glynn Watson had eight points and five assists before fouling out with 2:50 left.
The Bluejays, fueled by a sellout crowd of 17,901 that was on its feet much of the second half, shot 59 percent after halftime.
They struggled in the first half, missing 5 of 7 free throws after getting in the bonus less than 8 minutes into the game, committing seven turnovers in a five-minute stretch and missing 11 of 13 3-pointers.
Still, they trailed just 33-28 at half thanks to Nebraska’s 39-percent shooting and inability to pull away when it had chances.
Creighton took the lead for good on Martin Krampelj’s dunk midway through the second half.
Nebraska: The Huskers clearly have closed the gap against Creighton, which struggled with Copeland’s size.
Creighton: The Bluejays took the all-time series lead, 26-25, against its in-state rival. The seven straight wins over Nebraska mark their longest streak over the Huskers. Creighton has won 11 straight regular-season home games against the Huskers.
Nebraska hosts No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.
Creighton hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday.