Drexel 64

(20-7, 11-5 CAA)

Creighton 58

(18-9, 12-4 MVC)

    10:00 PM ET, February 17, 2007

    CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

    1 2 T
    DREX 20 4464
    CREI 26 3258

    Top Performers

    Drexel: D. Mejia 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Creighton: N. Funk 13 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Elegar, Mejia spark Drexel run in victory over Creighton

    Associated Press

    OMAHA, Neb. -- Drexel continued the nation's best road show Saturday with a 64-58 come-from-behind win over Creighton in an ESPN BracketBusters game at Qwest Center Omaha.

    The Dragons (20-7) got a combined 32 second-half points from Frank Elegar and Dominick Mejia while picking up their 20th win of the season and a Division I-best 12th away from home.

    Drexel shot 64 percent from the field in the second half to wipe out a double-digit deficit against a team that had been beaten only once at home this season. It trailed for nearly 32 minutes before moving in front for good, 43-41, on Mejia's three-pointer with 8:18 to play.

    "One of things we stopped doing was turning the ball over," Dragon coach Bruiser Flint said. "We gave them easy plays with turnovers, and they did a good job of converting them. Once we stopped turning the ball over and made some shots ourselves, we were able to knock the lead down."

    Creighton got 10 first-half points from Anthony Tolliver and led 26-20 at the break after forced 10 first-half turnovers. It was 41-31 when Tolliver picked up his fourth foul with 11:01 to play. Elegar turned that foul into a three-point play that started a 20-3 run that turned the game around for the Dragons.

    After shooting only 29 percent from the floor in the first half, Drexel hit 13 of its first 18 second-half shots and scored 10 times on 11 possessions at one point. The Dragons scored 14 consecutive points, all by Mejia and Elegar, at the start of the decisive run when it went from down 10 to up 51-44.

    Creighton pulled to within 59-56 with less than two minutes to play but failed to pull even when Nate Funk missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 54 seconds left.

    "We had our opportunities but didnt make the plays necessary," Bluejay coach Dana Altman said. "Obviously, the foul trouble in the second half put us at a disadvantage. And they took advantage of that.

    "They got the ball inside and made us pay for our foul trouble."

    Mejia finished with 20 points and Elegar had 19 for Drexel.

    Funk and Dane Watts scored 13 points each to pace Creighton (18-9).

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 58
    FG Made-Attempted 20-43 (.465) 18-51 (.353)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-11 (.273) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-33 (.636) 19-23 (.826)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 11

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