Creighton Hands Dayton First Loss

    
December 11th, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton hit 13-of-25 three-pointers while handing Dayton its first loss of the year, a 77-59 decision before 15,418 fans at Qwest Center Omaha on Wednesday night.

In the process, Creighton (6-2) became the first team this season to shoot better than 40 percent from the field against Dayton (8-1).

Reigning MVC Player of the Week Booker Woodfox led CU with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. Kaleb Korver had a career-high with 12 points, making 4-of-5 shots from downtown. P'Allen Stinnett scored 13 points while Cavel Witter tallied 14 points off the bench.

Creighton trailed 5-0 at the first media timeout before a free throw from Antoine Young and trey from Korver cut the deficit to one. Kurt Huelsman would score a lay-up in transition to give Dayton its final lead at 7-4.

Korver's second trifecta ignited a game-changing 17-4 Bluejay run that gave CU the lead for good. CU also got lay-ups from Chad Millard, Kenny Lawson Jr. and Stinnett during the surge, while Woodfox added a three-pointer as well.

The Flyers would close to within four at 23-19, before Woodfox hit a trio of three-pointers during an 11-0 run that pushed the lead to 34-19. The Jays took a 34-24 lead into the half, hitting 8-of-14 from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes.

Woodfox and Stinnett both hit three-pointers in the opening 90 seconds of the second half as Creighton scored eight straight out of the intermission to extend its lead to 47-26. Dayton responded with eight in a row to get within 13, but would never get within 11 the rest of the night as the hosts seemed to answer every UD challenge.

Creighton shot 44.2 percent for the game, but were a sparkling 13-of-25 (52 percent) behind the arc. CU also outrebounded the Flyers 42-31, including 16 second-chance points on 14 offensive boards.

Dayton was led by 15 points from Rob Lowery and 10 points from Mickey Perry. Sophomore standout Chris Wright was held to eight points and eight rebounds. UD shot 35.7 percent for the game and hit 7-of-20 three-pointers (35 percent).