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No. 9 Creighton holds off UConn 76-74 in overtime

No. 9 Creighton holds off UConn 76-74 in overtime

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Christian Bishop scored 19 points and No. 9 Creighton beat UConn 76-74 in overtime Sunday in the Huskies' return to the Big East.

Mitch Ballock added 13 points for the Bluejays (6-2, 2-1 Big East), who secured the win with a 9-0 run in the extra period. Marcus Zegarowski had 11 points and eight rebounds.

James Bouknight scored a career-high 40 points for the Huskies (3-1, 0-1), who were playing for the first time in 17 days because of coronavirus-related issues.

This was UConn’s first Big East game since a 63-59 win over Providence on March 9, 2013, a span of 2,834 days.

Creighton had to rally late to send the game to OT. Zegarowski, who shot 4 of 14, made a layup with just over 13 seconds left to cut the UConn lead to 66-64. After R.J. Cole missed a pair of foul shots on the other end, Damien Jefferson hit a jumper in the lane to tie the game.

Creighton led by as many as 12 points in the first half and 33-29 at halftime.

Bouknight’s 3-pointer from the top of the key gave the Huskies a 36-35 lead early in the second half and the teams went back and forth from there. There were 15 lead changes in the game.

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The Bluejays finished 2-0 on their first East Coast trip of the season after a win at St. John's on Thursday. Bishop scored 12 of his points after intermission.

UConn: Bouknight was 13 of 24 from the floor and 9 of 12 from the foul line.

UP NEXT

Creighton: The Bluejays host Xavier on Wednesday.

UConn: The Huskies were scheduled to play at DePaul on Wednesday, but because of a positive coronavirus test in the Blue Demons program last week, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommended the Huskies not travel to Chicago. It is the sixth game this season UConn has had canceled or postponed. Its next scheduled game is Dec. 30, when the Huskies would host DePaul, but the game in Chicago may be played before that.

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Updated : 2021-01-28 05:05 GMT+08:00