OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Nick Porter scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to lead Creighton to a 66-55 come-from-behind win over Northern Iowa Tuesday.
The Bluejays (18-8, 12-4 Missouri Valley) trailed for nearly 30 minutes before holding Northern Iowa without a field goal for more than eight minutes late in the second half.Porter and Josh Dotzler led the charge. Porter, who also tallied eight rebounds and nine assists, scored six consecutive points and Dotzler made three second-half steals as Creighton, which trailed 33-28 at the half, finished the game on a 19-5 run."The second half, I thought we did a much better job of taking away their strengths," Bluejay coach Dana Altman said.The game got off to an ugly start offensively for both sides. In the first eight minutes, the two teams combined to go four for 22 from the field with eight combined turnovers.The Panthers (16-11, 7-9) forced 10 Creighton turnovers in the first half and got a combined 19 points from Brooks McKowen and Grant Stout to lead by 33-28 at the break.Dane Watts gave the Bluejays the lead for good at 52-50 on a 3-point shot with 6:06 to play.The Bluejays got 16 points and nine rebounds from Watts and 14 points from Nate Funk while sending the Panthers to their fourth consecutive loss and seventh in their past eight games."The last five minutes of the game, we forced them to have to make plays, and they did," said Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson, whose team lost for the eleventh straight time in Omaha.The Panthers got 15 points from McKowen, and Stout added 13 points.