December 15, 2018 / 4:45 AM / 3 months ago

Creighton snaps 2-game skid with 21-point win

Sophomore guard Mitch Ballock recorded 19 points and seven rebounds to help Creighton post an 86-65 victory over visiting Green Bay on Friday night in nonconference play at Omaha, Neb.

Sophomore guard Ty-Shon Alexander added 17 points and six assists as the Bluejays (7-3) halted a two-game slide. Senior guard Kaleb Joseph scored 11 points for Creighton, which had a 24-9 edge in fast-break points.

Senior guard Sandy Cohen III had 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace Green Bay (6-5), which had won three of its previous four contests.

Ballock was 5 of 7 from 3-point range while Alexander and Joseph each made three triples as Creighton shot 14 of 33 as a team. The Bluejays shot 47.7 percent overall.

The Phoenix shot 35 percent from the field, including 5 of 22 from behind the arc.

Creighton led 48-36 less than three minutes into the second half after Ballock hit a jumper.

Green Bay whittled away at the deficit and pulled within 58-54 on a 3-pointer by junior guard Cody Schwartz with 11:47 remaining.

A short time later, Joseph scored eight straight points — including two 3-pointers — and Alexander converted a fast-break layup to cap a 10-0 run and give the Bluejays a 72-56 lead with seven minutes remaining.

After the Phoenix pulled within 12, Joseph knocked down another 3-pointer to make it 77-62 with 5:18 left.

Creighton’s biggest lead was 21 as it closed out the victory.

Ballock connected on four first-half 3-pointers while scoring 14 points to help the Bluejays hold a 44-34 lead at the break.

Green Bay trailed by eight points just six minutes into the contest before using a 10-2 burst to knot the score at 19 on Cohen’s layup with 12:07 left.

Later in the half, Ballock and guard Marcus Zegarowski drained back-to-back 3-pointers to cap a 10-2 run and give Creighton a 37-27 advantage.

The Bluejays were just 10 of 22 from the free-throw line in the contest. Green Bay hit 18 of 26 attempts.

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