Photo Credit: Creighton Athletics/Mitchell Layton Photo Credit: Creighton Athletics/Mitchell Layton

Creighton downs Hogs in Maui

Photo Credit: Creighton Athletics/Mitchell Layton Photo Credit: Creighton Athletics/Mitchell Layton

 MAUI, Hawaii -- No. 10 Creighton improved to 6-0 with a 90-87 win over No. 9 Arkansas in the second round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 22

The Bluejays will play for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational title on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Central in a game that will be televised on ESPN.

Creighton made four three-pointers in the first eight minutes to take an early 19-10 lead. Ryan Nembhard made his first three attempts, while Baylor Scheierman converted CU's first four-point play of the season.

Creighton remained in the lead, but pulled away with a 10-2 run after Arkansas had drawn within two at 26-24 to extend its lead to 36-26 with four minutes with three minutes left in the first half. Arkansas would score the final six points before the intermission to slice Creighton's deficit in half to 40-34.

Nembhard (13), Scheierman (11) and Ryan Kalkbrenner (10) led the Bluejays in the first half, while Anthony Black paced all scorers with 14 for the Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks took their first lead at 46-45 and from there it was a bloodbath as neither team break free as the physicality increased. The Jays took a 70-64 lead thanks to a 7-0 run in 70 seconds. Nembhard made two free throws, Arthur Kaluma threw down a dunk and Scheierman drained a deep three-pointer with 7:52 remaining. Arkansas scored the next five to draw within one but missed a free throw to tie it with 5:16 left.

Back-to-back treys by Tevon Brazile tied the game at 79 with 2:22 left, but Kaluma gave CU the lead back with a tip-in with 1:45 left.

CU went ahead on a reverse slam by Kalkbrenner with 1:01 left and Arkansas missed a go-ahead three-pointer. Trey Alexander was fouled with 37.7 left and sank both to give CU an 85-81 advantage.

Anthony Black got fouled with 29.4 left and made the first one before a lane violation on Arkansas negated the second attempt. CU missed two free throws with 26.9 left and fouled Davonte Davis, who sank his first two attempts of the day with 18.8 remaining.

After a Bluejay timeout the Razorbacks fouled Scheierman with 16.1 left. He made both. Arkansas Ricky Council IV missed an open three-pointer from the corner that could have tied it and Nembhard was fouled with 7.8 left. He made both to give CU an 88-84 lead.. The Razorbacks pushed it upcourt and Anthony Black made a three-pointer with 2.3 left.  Alexander was fouled with 1.9 left and sank both.

Nembhard had a career-high 25 points to lead three Bluejays with 20 points or more. Kalkbrenner had 21 and Scheierman 20.

Black had 26 and Council 24 for the Hogs.


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