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.