Porter’s big second half lifts Creighton over Northern Iowa
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) – Nick Porter scored 14 of his 16 points after
intermission and Creighton used a big second half to record a 63-55 victory
over No. 25 Northern Iowa at Qwest Center OMAHA.
Anthony Tolliver finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Jays
(15-5, 9-3 MVC), who shot a sizzling 65 percent over the final 20 minutes and
outscored the Panthers 41-30 in the second half.
Creighton also extended its home win streak to 15 consecutive games and
completed a regular-season sweep of its league rival. The Blue Jays handed UNI
a 55-52 defeat in Cedar Falls on January 11.
Northern Iowa (19-4, 9-3) entered the national rankings for the first time in
school history Monday, but likely won’t stay there. The Panthers shot just 35
percent from the field over the second half and suffered just their second
loss in 11 games. Both have come to Creighton.
Grant Stout amassed 17 points and 10 rebounds for UNI, while Eric Coleman
ended with 13 points in defeat.
The Blue Jays trailed 25-22 at the half but regained the upper hand early in
the second on a three-pointer by Tolliver. The basket sparked a 10-2 run
capped by two Jeffrey Day free throws that put Creighton up 35-28 with 15
Northern Iowa made several stabs at the lead but were held off each time.
After Stout’s jumper with under 10 minutes to go cut the deficit to three,
Tolliver scored on the other end and Porter followed with a three-point play
for a 45-37 advantage.
The Panthers pulled within 54-50 on Brooks McKowen’s two free throws with 2:15
left, but Creighton’s Dane Watts buried a trey shortly afterward to start a
9-2 flurry that put the game away.
Northern Iowa shot 50 percent in the first half to grab a 25-22 edge. Coleman
led all players with eight points before the break.
UNI’s Ben Jacobson, averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game coming in, was
held to eight on 3-of-15 shooting…Creighton has won five straight over
Northern Iowa and 16 of the last 19 meetings between the schools…The Blue
Jays are 12-0 at Qwest Center OMAHA this season…The crowd of 14,878 was the
fifth-largest in Creighton history.