01.27.2010 / Another Win for the Jays Keeps the Momentum Going! From the Creighton Athletic Office, The Voice of Billy Bluejay.

The Jays continued to hold strong at home on a snowy and cold Sunday night in Omaha with a hard fought 76-72 win over the Missouri State Bears. The Jays spent the majority of the night behind on the scoreboard and saw the lead change 14 times in the second half.

"Carver Arena in Peoria has traditionally been a very difficult place to play and the Jays expect no different this week."

Creighton came into the night as the worst team in the Valley at the free throw line, at 65.2% in conference games. However, the foul line was key last night with the Jays making their final 19 free throws to close the game.

Offensively, the Jays were paced by the inside play of Kenny Lawson, who put up 20 points, 6 rebounds and 1 block in 21 minutes. His consistency in the post helped keep the Jays on pace as the outside shots continued to fail them. Darryl Ashford had one of his best games in a Bluejay uniform, with 15 points in a team-high 29 minutes of action. Also, we cannot fail to note the hard-nosed play of Chad Millard. Ever since the game against Southern Illinois, Chad has shown that he can bring a spark to this team in terms of overall energy and defensive bounce. However, for the most part, Chad’s struggled with channeling the passion and avoiding the quick foul trouble that limited his effectiveness. Last night, Chad put up his season high with 17 minutes and only one personal foul and his effort on the defensive end was crucial down the stretch in keeping the Bears at bay.

The Jays evened their overall record to 10-10 and are now part of a logjam for third place in the Valley at 5-4. One of their companions at that record is the Bradley Braves, whom we will see in Peoria on Wednesday night. BU won their third straight game on Saturday with a 10 point win over Evansville and are 10-9 overall for the season. On Wednesday, the Jays will have to contend with two of the top individual scorers in the league with junior guards Andrew Warren (16 PPG) and Sam Maniscalco (15.1 PPG) – nearly half of the 69.8 points/game that the Braves have been putting up against Missouri Valley competition. Carver Arena in Peoria has traditionally been a very difficult place to play and the Jays expect no different this week. It will be key to put the frustration from the trip to Bloomington last week away and look for better fortunes just 40 miles to the west.

Are you ready for the MVC Tournament? What did you think of this past weekend’s game? Are the Jays building the momentum they need for the tournament? Come on Jays fans, join in and let us know what you think.

Interesting Creighton Facts

  • The last Creighton player to play a complete game was Ryan Sears vs. Iowa.
  • Creighton's all-time record vs. Nebraska is 19-24
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