Rod Rucker scored 12 points and added seven rebounds
Nov. 14, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The UAB men's basketball team held a 37-33 lead at intermission, but No. 13 Creighton reserve Josh Jones sparked a late surge, scoring all 18 of his points in the second half to lead the Bluejays past the Blazers, 77-60 at the Century Link Center.
UAB (1-1) shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half, draining 15 of 30 shots to hold a four-point lead heading into the locker room.
In the second half, UAB expanded its lead to 10 points – 45-35 – when Terence Jones drained a 3-pointer with 17:07 left in the game. However, Creighton (2-0) went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by J.Jones sinking back-to-back treys to tie up the score.
After the teams traded multiple baskets, Creighton's Gregory Echneique made a layup to square up the game again at 55-all with 10:55 remaining.
Following the lay up, the UAB offense ran cold, as the Blazers were held scoreless over the next six minutes allowing Creighton to go on a 15-0 run and put the game out of reach. UAB shot just 27.3 percent (9-for-33) in the second half.
The Blazers did a solid job of keeping returning first-team All-American Doug McDermott in check, holding the junior to five points on 2-of-6 shooting.
Offensively, three players reached double figures for UAB, led by Isiah Jones’ career-high 16 points. Jones sank 5-of-8 shots from downtown and added three rebounds and three steals.
Echenique and Grant Gibbs recorded 13 points apiece, and Ethan Wragge had 12 for the Bluejays.
UAB returns to Bartow Arena, to host the Navy Midshipmen on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.