DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Larry House scored 23 points, DeAnthony
Bowden added 17 and No. 16 Creighton shot 67 percent in the second
half to beat Drake 88-68 Saturday night.
Creighton (19-2, 9-1 Missouri Valley Conference) got only six
points from leading scorer Kyle Korver, who was averaging 19.1, but
it didn't matter because the Bluejays had so many other players
Tyler McKinney scored 14 points, while Brody Deren and Mike
Grimes had 11 each. Korver helped out with eight assists, seven
rebounds and three steals.
Drake (7-13, 2-7) stayed with Creighton for 26 minutes but did
not have the firepower to keep up down the stretch and lost for the
eighth time in 10 games. Greg Danielson led Drake with 18 points.
Luke McDonald and J.J. Sola each scored 16 for the Bulldogs.
The game drew a record crowd of 7,152 to Drake's Knapp Center, a
figure swelled by Creighton fans who made the two-hour drive from
Omaha, Neb., and friends and relatives of the five Iowans who play
for the Bluejays.
They saw Creighton take control after Josh Robinson hit a
baseline jumper to pull Drake to 57-55 with 14:33 left. Bowden
countered with a jumper, starting a 19-4 run that stretched the
lead to 76-59. Five different players scored during that burst and
Drake never recovered.
After Bowden hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 12:05
remaining, Creighton began breaking down Drake's interior defense
and got 11 of its final 12 baskets on layups. When Korver threw a
lob pass from just inside the halfcourt line to a leaping House for
a layup, the Bluejays' lead had grown to 86-66 with 3:02 to play.
Creighton made 18 of 27 shots in the second half and shot 61
percent for the game.
Creighton recovered nicely after going scoreless on its first
five possessions and built a seven-point lead late in the opening
half but could not shake the Bulldogs, who stayed close with the
inside scoring of Danielson and Sola.
Danielson's turnaround shot cut the lead to 38-33, and
McDonald's 3-pointer drew Drake to 40-36 with 58 seconds left. It
was 42-38 after Sola's layup, but Creighton got the last basket
when McKinney drove into the lane and hit a floater with three
seconds left to make it 44-38.
Creighton got the lead up to 10 before Drake charged back.
McDonald hit a runner and Robinson followed with his jumper to make
a two-point game. But Bowden scored 25 seconds later and the
Bluejays were off and running.