ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Creighton men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, a 79-69 decision to Michigan, on Tuesday night as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Michigan improved to 2-0 this season under new head coach Juwan Howard and 3-0 all-time against the Bluejays. Creighton dropped to 1-1.
Creighton trailed by as much as 31-23 before three lay-ups in 33 seconds by Ty-Shon Alexander forced a Michigan timeout and got the Bluejays within a bucket. Thanks to a 23-10 lead on the glass and a 24-10 scoring edge in the paint, Creighton took a 41-38 lead into the intermission. Alexander (14) and Ballock (11) each scored in double-figures in the half, while Isaiah Livers topped the hosts with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Michigan came out hot to start the second half, making its first four shots as part of an 8-2 run to build a 46-43 lead. CU would retake the lead at 47-46 on a lay-up by Kelvin Jones before Michigan authored five points in a row to reclaim the advantage. Michigan led by as much as nine at 64-55 before a three-minute drought that was snapped by a pair of three-point plays from big man Jon Teske to push the Wolverine lead back to nine at 70-61 with 4:17 to play.
CU got within five at 70-65 with 3:29 to play but would get no closer.
Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton with 20 points, while also adding eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Zegarowski (18) and Mitch Ballock (11) also chipped in with a double-figure scoring effort. Creighton won the rebound battle 38-27, including an 18-4 advantage on the offensive glass, as Kelvin Jones added nine rebounds (seven offensive) in his second game as a Bluejay.
Michigan was topped by a career-high 22 points from Livers, 17 from Teske and 17 more from Zavier Simpson. Teske scored eight straight points down the stretch for U-M that proved to be the difference.
Creighton returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it hosts Louisiana Tech at 5 p.m. at CHI Health Center Omaha.