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Creighton Defeats South Dakota in First-Round of Postseason Tournament

USD falls in first round of CIT

USD falls in first round of CIT

March 16, 2010

Creighton 89, South Dakota 78

OMAHA, Neb. - Jake Thomas led five South Dakota players in double figures with 18 points, but the Coyotes fell to Creighton, 89-78, in the first round of the Postseason Tournament at the Civic Center Auditorium in Omaha, Neb.

Creighton took a 50-36 lead into the locker room at the half after shooting 50 percent (18-36) in the first frame. USD got back in the game in the second half connecting on 9-16 (56 percent) from beyond the arc in the second half, but the Bluejays were also proficient from the three-point line, hitting 7-12 for 58 percent in the stanza.

For the game, Creighton hit 30-64 (47 percent) from the field, 12-23 (52 percent) from behind the arc and 17-19 (90 percent) from the free throw line. The Coyotes connected on 28-66 (42 percent) from the field, 12-25 (48 percent) from three-point range and 10-15 (67 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Bluejays outrebounded South Dakota 41-33 on the night, and the loss snapped South Dakota's 13-game winning streak--the second longest in the nation.

Joining Thomas in double figures for USD were Louie Krogman with 14 points, Roman Gentry with 13 points and Tyler Cain and Kendall Cutler with 12 points apiece. Cain led the Coyotes on the boards with nine rebounds and recorded seven blocked shots.

Creighton stretched its lead to as many as 19 points early in the second half, but USD used a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 10 at 57-47 with 15:30 remaining. The Bluejays hit three straight from beyond the arc to extend their lead to 79-57 at the 7:58 mark before USD hit some three-pointers late to cut into the Bluejay lead.

Cavel Witter and Wayne Runnels each came off the bench to lead the Bluejays with 15 points apiece. Also in double figures for Creighton were Ethan Wragge with 14 points and Darryl Ashford who scored 13 off the bench. Justin Carter posted a game-high 10 rebounds.

South Dakota ends its championship season at 22-10, while Creighton improves to 17-15. The Bluejays will host a second-round CIT game next Monday at the Civic Center Auditorium.

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