Creighton Tops New Mexico 82-75

    
November 16th, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton used a 17-0 run in the final 3:30 to overcome a late nine-point deficit and beat New Mexico, 82-75 on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 16,107 at Qwest Center Omaha.

Creighton (1-0) led 4-2 in the opening minutes but would not lead again until consecutive three-pointers from P'Allen Stinnett gave CU a 76-72 lead with 43 seconds to play. Stinnett had eight of his career-high 30 points during the 17-0 run, while teammate Booker Woodfox had the other nine in the scoring binge. Woodfox finished with 26 points, four more than his previous best. The duo scored 44 of CU's 55 second half points, including 23 from Woodfox.

New Mexico (1-1) was led by 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting by Tony Danridge, but the star senior did not attempt a shot in the final 8:26. Also in double-figures were Roman Martinez (15) and Dairese Gary (14).

Stinnett, who exploded onto the scene with 23 second-half points in his season-opening debut last year against DePaul, scored 30 on the night to eclipse his previous high of 24. He was 11-for-16 from the field, including 3-of-6 from downtown, while playing a team-high 32 minutes. Woodfox, making his first career start, had 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. The Bluejays second-half turnaround was keyed by the defensive pressure of Josh Dotzler, who tied a career-best with five steals.

The Bluejays went ahead 2-0 and 4-2 in the opening minutes before UNM went on a 12-0 run keyed by four straight baskets by Danridge. New Mexico would build a lead as large as 15 on a pair of occasions in the first half before CU scored the final five of the first half to trim its halftime deficit to 37-27 at the break.

New Mexico would take its largest lead of the game with 10:17 to play at 59-43 after a three-pointer by Nate Garth. Stinnett would counter with a three-point play to ignite a 10-0 run that also included a jumper from Justin Carter and five points by Woodfox to make it 59-53 in favor of the Lobos.

New Mexico would take a 69-59 lead with 4:34 to play on a trey by Martinez, a lead that later was pushed to 72-63 on a nifty lay-up by Gary with 3:39 to play, before the Jays made their run.

Woodfox started the run with a three-pointer from the corner, following which CU coach Dana Altman used his full timeout to rest his line-up for the stretch run. After a defensive stop, Woodfox hit a jumper and Stinnett would deflect a loose ball off Martinez for a turnover. On the other end Stinnett took a feed from Dotzler to make it 72-70.

Woodfox stepped in to take a pivotal charge in the lane on Gary with 1:54 to play. The Jays took their first lead since the opening minutes on a three-pointer from Stinnett, 73-72, with 1:25 to go. After another defensive stop, Stinnett would drain a three-pointer from the top of the key to give CU a four-point cushion with 43 seconds left. As New Mexico tried to hurry the ball back upcourt, Carter would deflect Martinez's inbounds pass and the Lobos had to foul Woodfox. Woodfox would drain both free throws with 28 seconds left before Stinnett added two more from the stripe with 19 seconds to play.

A three-pointer from Gary with 9.5 seconds left ended the run, but it was too little, too late, as Creighton's Dotzler iced the win with two late free throws.

- From Creighton Media Relations