WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ty-Shon Alexander had 26 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 55.9 seconds left, to help Creighton snap a four-game losing streak with a 91-87 win at Georgetown on Monday evening.
Creighton improved to 11-8 with the win, and 2-4 in BIG EAST play. Georgetown is now 12-7 overall and also 2-4 in league play.
Creighton fell behind 21-13 in the first nine minutes before an 8-0 run evened the score with 7:40 to go in the opening half. The first half featured five ties but Creighton never led, as the Hoyas took a 42-41 edge to the locker room at intermission. Ty-Shon Alexander had 16 points and four rebounds in the first half to lead CU in both categories, as the Jays drained seven treys and dished 11 assists on 16 hoops. Georgetown got 10 each from Mac McClung and Jessie Govan, who also topped the Hoyas with five rebounds.
Creighton took its first lead of the game in the opening minute of the second half, when Mitch Ballock drained a three-pointer in transition to make it 44-42. After a trey by Greg Malinowski put Georgetown back in front by one, Creighton answered with a 9-2 run in the next 1:50 of game action to build a 53-47 advantage. Davion Mintz scored four of those points, and the run was punctuated by a steal and breakaway dunk by Martin Krampelj.
GU narrowed the gap to two before a hook shot from Smason Froling and a trey by Mitch Ballock moved CU’s lead to 61-54. Creighton led 70-64 with 10 minutes left before back-to-back three-pointers from GU’s Jessie Govan and Jahvon Blair knotted the score with 8:47 remaining.
Georgetown led heading into the final media timeout, 82-81, but CU quickly retook the lead after Davion Mintz came ouf of the break and sank two free throws for the game’s seventh lead change. James Akinjo answered for GU with a three-pointer, but Mintz made 1-of-2 foul shots with 1:42 let to get CU within one at 85-84. The Jays got a stop when Govan missed from the middle of the lane before Alexander’s sixth triple of the game gave CU an 87-85 lead with 55.9 left.
The Jays got another defensive stop and GU was forced to foul Mitch Ballock with 27.1 left. He sank both to give CU an 89-85 lead.GU’s Greg Malinowski drove for a lay-up with 16.1 left to halve the deficit, only to see Ballock make two more at the charity stripe with 15.2 left for the final points of the evening.
Alexander had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists for CU to pace five Bluejays in double-figures. Krampelj snared a team-best eight rebounds and tied for the club lead with two steals. Mintz added 17 points and Samson Frolingfinished with 11. The Jays drained 13 three-pointers on the night and sank 18-of-24 free throws, including 16-for-19 in the second half. Creighton has now won four straight games over the Hoyas and improved to 7-0 all-time in games when scoring 75 or more versus GU.
Georgetown was led by 22 points and 12 rebounds by All-BIG EAST big man Jessie Govan, while Akinjo dished 11 assists. The Hoyas shot 49.2 percent and outrebounded the Jays 38-35.
Creighton returns to Omaha to open a three-game homestand beginning with a Friday night game at 7:30 p.m. against Butler. The first 16,000 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt as part of the program’s annual Creighton vs. Cancer Pink Out.