So, few anticipated any shot clock violations Tuesday night time. And the shot clock operator had the simplest job in CenturyLink Area, the place Creighton—with extra velocity, depth and measurement—merely ran previous UND 111-sixty eight earlier than 15,069 followers.
Creighton, coached by former UND assistant Greg McDermott, hit the century mark with greater than 4 minutes to play, taking little time to launch their photographs all through the sport. The Bluejays scored 28 factors in transition along with hitting thirteen three-tips about 33 makes an attempt. And most of these three-pointers got here early within the shot clock.
“We knew it would be a quick-paced recreation,” stated UND guard Marlon Stewart, who performed for Creighton two years in the past earlier than transferring to UND. “We tried to organize the most effective we might however it confirmed up on the market. They’re nicely coached and properly educated. We could not sustain.”
If something, UND’s largest disappointment was its displaying within the remaining 10 minutes. UND trailed seventy five-sixty one with with 10:32 to play after Jafar Kinsey hit a three-pointer..
However the Bluejays accelerated after that, hitting fuel to outscore the Preventing Hawks 36-eight within the remaining 10 minutes.
“I used to be actually dissatisfied within the final 10 minutes,” stated coach Brian Jones. “We have been down 14 and on the foul line however our guys obtained out of what we have been doing. We have been nonetheless within the recreation at the moment however we had poor shot choice after poor shot choice they usually obtained out and scored some straightforward baskets.”
Creighton, picked to complete fifth within the Massive East, was ranked within the AP Prime 25 final week and has cut up 4 video games towards ranked groups up to now this season. The Bluejays have not altered their fashion towards any group this season.
For McDermott, enjoying quick is the Bluejays’ key to competing within the Massive East, contemplating their lack of size—no less than by huge-time school basketball requirements.
“Our tempo does not essentially put on on individuals within the first half,” stated McDermott. “However eventually it’ll catch up.”
And the tempo did ultimately catch UND, which performed an uptempo type in profitable the Massive Sky Convention final season.
However Creighton had an excessive amount of of the whole lot. 5 Bluejays scored in double figures, led by all-Massive East first-staff choice Marcus Foster’s 23 factors. Creighton additionally outrebounded UND forty eight-29 and its bench outscored the Hawks’ reserves forty three-17.
McDermott stated it wasn’t his want to interrupt the century mark. “I did not need to hold 111 on them. I do not need to run the rating up on anybody however we need to give our guys off the bench a chance to point out what they will do.”