Scores

Final

Xavier 59

(5-2, 2-2 away)

Creighton 61

(5-2, 4-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

    1 2 T
    XAV 28 3159
    CREI 26 3561

    Top Performers

    Xavier: S. Burrell 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast

    Creighton: A. Tolliver 26 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Creighton 61, Xavier 59

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Anthony Tolliver had a career-high 26 points and Creighton rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat Xavier 61-59 Sunday night.

    Creighton (5-2) fell behind 41-31 four minutes into the second half and needed nine minutes to catch up at 48 with 7:09 to play. Tolliver scored five straight points as the Bluejays took control and made free throws to stay ahead down the stretch.

    Tolliver's two free throws capped a 10-0 run to make it 51-48 with 3:36 left. The senior center added two more free throws and a 3-pointer, his second of the game and season, to make it 56-49 with 56 seconds left.

    Xavier (5-2) was led by Stanley Burrell's 13 points and Justin Cage's 11.

    The Musketeers got only two points from their season scoring leader, Brian Thornton, who played only 25 minutes and fouled out with 4:50 to play.

    The Musketeers went 9 minutes, 9 seconds between field goals after leading 48-41. They made four in the final 56 seconds, but those were offset by Creighton free throws.

    Xavier opened the second half with 3-pointers by Justin Doellman and Cage to go up 34-26. A 3-pointer by Burrell made it 41-31.

    Creighton made 17 of 21 free throws in the second half after going 5-for-15 in the opening 20 minutes.

    Xavier led 28-26 after a spirited first half in which Creighton missed 9 of its first 10 free throws.

    Creighton played without starting guards Nate Funk (shoulder) and Pierce Hibma (knee) for the third straight game. Key reserve Jimmy Motz (stress fracture) missed his second straight game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    XAV
    CREI
    Points 59 61
    FG Made-Attempted 21-49 (.429) 18-47 (.383)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-19 (.421) 3-16 (.188)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-15 (.600) 22-36 (.611)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 4

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