November 21, 2018 / 2:46 AM / 4 months ago

Creighton wallops Georgia State in Cayman semifinal

After falling short in one bid to get a win over a Power 5 school, Creighton will get another opportunity.

Mitch Ballock had a stellar all-around game, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead Creighton to an easy 93-68 win over Georgia State in the semifinals of the Cayman Islands Classic on Tuesday.

The Bluejays advanced to the championship game, where they will meet No. 16 Clemson at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Creighton fell to Ohio State 69-60 last week in its first attempt to beat a school from a Power 5 conference.

D’Marcus Simonds scored 21 points to lead Georgia State, which will play in-state rival Georgia in the 5 p.m. consolation game on Wednesday.

Creighton started to pull away late in the first half, going on an 8-0 run to take a 26-12 lead with 10:38 remaining in the first half.

Creighton kept growing its lead, using a 15-2 run to take a 45-22 lead with 1:53 left until halftime.

The Bluejays ultimately led 52-24 at halftime.

The second half offered little drama, as a Ballock 3-pointer made it 75-42 with 11:38 left, spawning playing time for the reserves.

Damien Jefferson had 20 points and six rebounds, Marcus Zegarowski scored 14 points, and Ty-Shon Alexander added 13 points for Creighton.

The Bluejays shot 54.5 percent from the floor (36 of 66) and made 43.8 percent of their shots from 3-point range (14 of 32).

Kane Williams added 20 points for Georgia State, which shot 39.3 percent from the field overall (24 of 61) and just 21.1 percent from 3-point range (4 of 19).

Creighton had 22 assists to Georgia State’s eight, although Georgia State held a 40-38 rebounding edge.

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