Creason lifts Colorado State past Portland State 64-63
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP)—Stuart Creason scored near the basket with 15 seconds left as Colorado State defeated Portland State 64-63 on Sunday in the championship of the BP Top of the World Classic.
Creason, a 7-foot center, took a feed from Jesse Woodard and hit a 3-foot jumper to give the Rams their first lead of the game.
Dupree Lucas had a chance to give Portland State the lead with 4 seconds left but his jump shot from the left wing bounced off the rim.
Portland State (2-2) bolted to an 8-0 lead and went ahead by as many as 12 in the first half. The Rams closed to 33-26 at intermission.
Colorado State (3-1) cut the margin to 42-41 with 12:30 remaining but Portland State built the lead back to eight.
With time winding down, baskets by Creason and Gardner closed the gap to 61-59, and after Portland State’s Deonte Huff hit two free throws, the Rams’ Willis Gardner drove to the basket, scored on a layup and was fouled with 1:55 remaining. His free throw completed a three-point play to make it 63-62.
The Vikings missed opportunities to pad their lead in the final minute. Huff drew a foul but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Scott Morrison put up an air ball with 40 seconds left and the Rams grabbed the loose ball.
Gardner led the Rams with 21 points. Creason scored 17 and pulled down 10 rebounds. He was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
Lucas led the Vikings with 16 points and Morrison had 15 points.