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11/14/2012 11:16 PM EST
Jones leads No. 15 Creighton in 77-60 win over UAB
CREIGHTON 77, UAB 60
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- His team down by 10 points, Creighton coach
Greg McDermott had a simple message for Josh Jones before the
reserve guard entered the game early in the second half.
"Coach Mac just came to me and told me he needed me," Jones
Jones delivered, scoring all 18 of his points in the second half
to compensate for Doug McDermott's quiet night in No. 15
Creighton's 77-60 victory over UAB on Wednesday.
Jones matched his career high with four 3-pointers. The senior
made two during a personal 10-0 run that tied it 45 and two more
during a 17-0 spurt that finished off the Blazers (1-1).
"He loves the game, he loves Omaha, he loves Creighton and he'll
do anything to help us win games," Greg McDermott said. "It's
kind of cool to see it all come together on a night like tonight
when we really needed it."
Doug McDermott, the returning first-team All-American, got into
early foul trouble and finished with five points. He came in
having scored in double figures in 37 straight games.
"We didn't start panicking," Jones said. "They took away Doug.
We did what else we practiced. Other guys stepped up."
Gregory Echenique and Grant Gibbs added 13 points apiece, and
Ethan Wragge had 12 - hitting four 3-pointers - for the Bluejays
(2-0). Echenique matched his career high with 16 rebounds.
"It just proves we're more than a one-man show," Greg McDermott
The Blazers, who returned three starters from a team that was
15-16 last season, carried the play in the first half and led
37-33 at the break.
Isiah Jones scored 16 points, and Jordan Swing and Rod Rucker
added 12 for UAB.
Jones, who was scoreless in 13 minutes of a 71-51 win over North
Texas in Creighton's opener last Friday, got hot after UAB took
a 45-35 lead early in the second half.
"It was very clear that we were kind of stuck and needed a
push," Echenique said. "We needed that kind of play or player to
get us momentum, that energy, and he certainly did. He stepped
up like he should. He got us going. Those 3-pointers are big and
got the crowd into it. We're here and this is our home and we're
going to protect it."
Creighton has won 40 straight regular-season November home games
Jones made a layup and two free throws before spotting up in the
left corner for back-to-back 3s to tie it.
The teams traded baskets before the Bluejays held UAB scoreless
for almost 6 minutes during the decisive 17-0 run.
"My role on the team is to bring that spark off the bench,"
Jones said. "Tonight was a prime example of my job. I just did
Doug McDermott picked up his first and second fouls a minute
apart and went to the bench 7 minutes into the game, not to
return until the second half.
McDermott, who had 21 points against North Texas, finished 2 of
6 from the field.
"I'd be pleased with that stat line, for sure, and I'd think
that would give us a much greater advantage," first-year UAB
coach Jerod Haase said.
With McDermott on the bench most of the first half, the Blazers
held their own in the paint against a Creighton team that had a
Swing hit a jumper from the wing to finish a 9-0 run that put
the Blazers up 23-15. The lead grew to double digits after half
when Swing and Terence Jones made back-to-back 3-pointers.
"The bottom line is that Creighton is a really good team," Haase
said. "We can take away some things, but at the end of the day
there's a reason they're the (15th) team in the country."
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