Creighton tops N. Iowa 77-71

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP)—Justin Carter scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down six rebounds to help Creighton end Northern Iowa’s 11-game winning streak with a 77-71 victory on Sunday.

The Panthers (17-7, 11-2) trailed by just one point at halftime despite shooting 10 percentage points less than the Bluejays, but shot even worse in the second half and were unable to close the gap.

All those missed shots amounted to a 49-29 rebounding advantage for the Panthers, led by Adam Koch’s 12 boards and 23 points.

The Bluejays (19-6, 9-4) moved the ball well, collecting 18 assists. Northern Iowa also failed to capitalize on the Bluejays’ 10 missed free throws.

Even Northern Iowa’s usually consistent three-point shooting failed them, as they shot 5-for-26 shots from behind the arc.

Creighton got help from its bench and starters, with each player scoring at least four points. Kenny Lawson Jr. was the team’s second-leading scorer with 12 points.

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