OMAHA, NEB. — Six different Bluejays finished with double figures, led by 16 from senior Marcus Foster, as the No. 25 Creighton men’s basketball team defeated USC Upstate 111-62 on Thursday, Dec. 20. CU dished a school-record 32 assists in its most prolific scoring game since 1964, and third-highest mark in school history.
The victory lifted Creighton to 10-2 on the season, while USC Upstate fell to 4-11.
Holding an early 7-6 edge (17:40), the Bluejays surged ahead with a 17-2 run over the next five minutes to run out to a 24-8 lead. Five different Bluejays contributed a bucket during the run, including treys from Foster and freshmen Mitch Ballock and Ty-Shon Alexander.
No sooner did the Spartans stop Creighton’s first run with a bucket, than the Bluejays started another as a 26-13 contest (11:24) was stretched out to a 30-point contest with a 19-2 spurt to take a 45-15 edge with 6:20 left in the half. Foster once again led the charge with nine points in that run. The Bluejays pushed their lead out to 34 points by halftime at 58-24, the second-biggest halftime margin in CenturyLink Center Omaha history.
USC Upstate found some rhythm in the opening moments of the second half, getting six points in the pain from Avery Diggs, but the Bluejays countered with nine straight from long range as Khyri Thomas, Toby Hegner and Martin Krampelj all connected for treys to put the Bluejays up 73-34 (15:56). Creighton extended its lead as much as 56 in the final minute (116-60) coasting to the fifth-largest win in school history.
Foster’s 16 points led all scorers, while Hegner and Ballock each finished with 13. Rounding out the Bluejays in double figures was Alexander with 11, Thomas (10) and a career-best 10 points by Tyler Clement. Kaleb Joseph had eight assists and six points, as well. Creighton shot a season-best 64.6 percent from the field and sank 19 three-pointers, two shy of the school record while sinking 55.9 percent from beyond the arc. Creighton won the rebound battle 43-30, outscored Upstate 59-29 off the bench, and had 20 fast break points in the first half alone.
USC Upstate got 15 points from Malik Moore in the loss as well as 10 from Diggs. The Spartans entered the game 19th nationally with 10.8 three-pointers per game, but shot just 5-of-28 treys on the day.
The Bluejays return to action on Thursday, Dec. 28 as Creighton opens BIG EAST play in New Jersey at Seton Hall with the tip set for 5:30 pm (CT).