St. John's upends Creighton
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- D'Angelo Harrison scored eight points in the final 2:10 to help host St. John's upset No. 12 Creighton, 70-65, on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Creighton fell to 19-4 with the loss and into second in the BIG EAST with a 9-2 mark, while St. John's is now 15-9 and 5-6 in league play.
Creighton started out red-hot from the field, getting baskets from Grant Gibbs, Doug McDermott and Jahenns Manigat to open the game and force a quick timeout from the Red Storm. McDermott scored early and often, reaching double-figures just eight minutes into the contest, to give CU a 20-15 lead.
Sir'Dominic Pointer spurred a Red Storm comeback, scoring seven straight points to help knot the score at 26-all before SJU took its first lead of the game at 29-26 on a corner three-ball by Phil Greene IV. St. John's continued to own the lead the rest of the half, and led 40-36 at intermission.
McDermott led CU with 14 points in the first stanza, while Gibbs had six points, five reobunds and three assists. The Jays shot 41.2 percent overall and 27.3 from downtown.
After falling behind by as many as seven points, the Jays responded with an 8-0 run, taking a 47-46 lead on a basket by Austin Chatman.
McDermott then took over. He scored Creighton's next seven points as the Bluejays took a 59-57 lead, including a three-pointer after a flagrant foul was called for a Chris Obekpa elbow to the head of Gibbs.
St. John's would hold CU scoreless for nearly five minutes, tying the game on two foul shots from D'Angelo Harrison and taking a 59-57 lead on a Greene jumper with 5:32 left.
Creighton took a 63-61 lead with 2:18 left on a Chatman free throw, but Harrison drilled a long three-pointer from the left wing to give St. John's a two-point lead with 2:10 left.
Creighton had three cracks to take the lead on its next possession. McDermott lost the ball going up, but video review overturned the call and gave CU the ball back. Chatman then rimmed out a three-pointer, but Creighton maintained possession thanks to the arrow. But this time Gibbs missed a trey and St. John's took over.
After a defensive stop, Creighton came down and worked the ball to Manigat, who missed a shot from three-point range. That forced the Bluejays to foul Harrison with 19.6 left, trailing by two. Harrison sank both shots to give the hosts a four-point lead.
Devin Brooks would quickly drive to the hoop and be fouled, but missed both free throws. Avery Dingman hauled in the rebound on the second miss and CU called timeout with 12.9 left. Brooks would drive around Orlando Sanchez to get CU within two points with 8.3 left. But Harrison made two foul shots with 5.8 left, then sank one more with 3.8 left to ice it.
McDermott led Creighton with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while Gibbs had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Chatman also scored in double-figures with 10 points.
Harrison paced St. John's with 19 points, while Obekpa scored in double-figures with 11 as well.
Creighton returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 13 when it takes on Butler at 6:05 pm Central.
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