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Live Big East Tourney Coverage: Creighton vs. Georgetown

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS
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GEORGETOWN HOYAS
Creighton
Bluejays
55  60 Georgetown
Hoyas
Final 1 2 Score
Creighton 25 30 55
Georgetown 31 29 60
21-47 Field Goals 17-45
7-19 Three Pointers 6-17
6-8 Free Throws 20-26
16 Assists 11
31 Rebounds 28
4 Steals 11
3 Blocks 3
18 Turnovers 11
21 Fouls 14

Final score: Georgetown 60 Creighton 55. Hoyas too smart, poised and disciplined down the stretch and experience played a big part in the win. Bluejays have nothing to be ashamed of, as they showed a lot of heart in loss and with the way they ended the season. Smith-Rivera huge with 25 points. Smith adds 10 points and five rebounds for Hoyas. For the Bluejays, Milliken led the way with 17 points. Austin Chatman finishes his Creighton career with 11 points.  Hoyas will now await Butler/Xavier winner tomorrow night.

Smith-Rivera puts the finishing bows on this game with two more free throws. Hoyas up 60-55 with 3.2 seconds to go.

Austin Chatman puts back Milliken miss and draws Bluejays to within three, 58-55. However, only 3.9seconds remain.

Smith-Rivera makes both. Hoyas lead 58-53 with 18 seconds left. Hoyas call timeout and Creighton is on the ropes. This would be redemption of sorts for Hoyas, after losing to 10-seed DePaul in the first round last year.

Milliken with costly turnover. Bluejays will have to foul now.

What a shot by Smith-Rivera. Hoyas coming up clutch in final minutes. Lead 56-53 with 54.1 secs to go. Creighton will have ball coming out of timeout.

Big and-1 for Smith-Rivera. Forces Creighton’s Groselle to foul out. Then Josh Smith goes strong on fake and puts in layup. Hoyas now lead 54-53 with just 2:01 to go.  Hoya fans are loud and proud now. Hoya Saxa chant going on.

And we are heading for the final stretch. 3:50 to go. Georgetown going to the line in attempt to tie game.

Smith-Rivera with huge answer! Three pointer, Bluejays lead 51-49. 4:16 to go.

We have a ball game here. Creighton looking for huge upset. Up 51-45 with 5:30 to go. Team responds after Dingman injury and is playing with a lot of heart. Remember when Creighton lost their first eight conference games? Well, that team does not exist anymore.  Looking at exciting finish.

Dingman being  carried off floor and into locker room.

Avery Dingman falls hard to the floor. Looks to be in a lot of pain. You never want to see this.

Austin Chatman with huge three and gives Bluejays 47-45 lead. 8:35 to go.

Georgetown now in the bonus. This could be huge heading down the stretch.

Devin Brooks gets on the board with layup under the basket. It should be noted that Brooks is from the Bronx and is no doubt pumped to be playing in front of family and friends. Georgetown leads Creighton 42-39 with 11:42 to go, despite the Bluejays out-shooting the Hoyas 47 percent to 38 percent and 45 to 38 percent from three-point range.

The combo of Smith and Smith-Rivera have 19 of the Hoyas 42 points.

So, we may just have a game at the Garden! Georgetown leads Creighton 36-35 with 15:40 to go in game.  Offense is now flowing for both teams. Milliken hits three pointer and gets fouled. He now has 17 points. Remember that name, he should have great senior season next year. Had 22 last night against DePaul. Should be in for fun finish.

At the half, Georgetown takes 31-25 lead over Creighton. Georgetown out-muscling Bluejays and showing their signature toughness. Hoyas outrebounding Bluejays, 18-15. It’s still ugly, as neither team is shooting better than 40 percent from the floor. Georgetown is shooting .346 from the field. 400 from three-point range and 9-11 from the charity stripe. Creighton is shooting .364 from the field, .500 from three-point range and 5-7 from the free-throw line.

James Milliken drills another three to put Bluejays up 23-21 with 3:26 to go in first half. It’s starting to get real physical now and it’s getting chippy. Georgetown is doing a good job on the boards , outrebounding the Bluejays 17-12.  Neither team is that efficient from the floor. Georgetown is shooting 27 percent, while Creighton is shooting 39 percent. Big East Basketball at its best.

6:26 to go in first half and Georgetown leads 20-16. Georgetown getting to paint now, as they have hit the bonus. Big Josh Smith is having his way now and has scored the last four points for the Hoyas. Milliken leads the Bluejays with eight points. Both teams coming to battle.

I have to say I’m impressed with Creighton’s defense. Switching screens great and limiting Georgetown getting into paint. Creighton leads Georgetown 12-10 with 11:59 to go. Once again Milliken is heating up for the Bluejays, as he leads team with six points (2-2 from three-point range).

After first media timeout, Creighton leads 9-7.  Georgetown is getting physical down low, but can’t convert. Creighton as usual playing smart.

Here we go. Creighton Starters: Geoffrey Groselle, Toby Hegner, James Milliken, Ricky Kreklow and Austin Chatman.  Georgetown Starters: Josh Smith, L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, Jabril Trawick and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera.

Today’s U is live from the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden as the Creighton Bluejays take on the Georgetown Hoyas in the quarterfinals at 7:00ET. We’ll have up-to-the-second courtside coverage from Dan Stack. Follow him on Twitter @StacDemon and get full Championship Week and Selection Sunday coverage @TodaysUSports.

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