Creighton 79, Evansville 74
OMAHA, Neb. (AP)—Nick Porter and Nate Funk combined for 26 second-half points as Creighton overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Evansville 79-74 Wednesday night.
The senior guards, who finished with 19 points each, scored 17 points during a 25-4 rally that helped the Bluejays (17-7, 11-3 Missouri Valley Conference) win their fifth straight game.
The win allowed Creighton to stay tied for the MVC lead with Southern Illinois, the team it will face Saturday.
Creighton’s comeback began at the start of the second half. Funk’s 3-pointer started a run of 12 consecutive points that cut Evansville’s lead to two. A 3-point shot by Porter with about 14 minutes left gave the Jays their first lead at 53-52.
A pair of free throws by Justin Petty put the Aces back on top at 66-65 with 6:12 left, but Isacc Miles’ 3-pointer on Creighton’s next possession put the Bluejays up for good.
Evansville (12-13, 5-9 MVC) has lost its last four games. The Purple Aces scored 11 of the first 13 points and led 48-34 at halftime.
Creighton had allowed about 60 points per game on average entering the game.
The Purple Aces shot 65 percent from the floor in the first half and knocked down eight 3-pointers, including their final six attempts. Evansville hit nine of their last 10 shots in the highest-scoring half against the Bluejays this season.
Matt Webster led Evansville with 13 points.