Creighton Hoops Holds Down North Carolina Central

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Story Courtesy: Creighton Athletics

OMAHA, Neb. — A 15-2 run spanning halftime helped the Creighton Men’s Basketball team improve to 4-0 on the season with a 65-45 win over North Carolina Central on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Isaiah Zierden led the Bluejays with 20 points, including 15 in the second half, while senior Devin Brooks had 12 points.

North Carolina Central was led by 17 points by Anthony McDonald.

CU trailed 20-15 in a slow-paced first half before a 12-2 run capped by Brooks’ three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Jays a 27-22 lead at intermission.

CU’s lead reached double-digits for the first time at 37-26 on a three-point play from Will Artino with 15:09 to play, and consecutive treys by Zierden in the closing minutes stretched CU’s lead as large as 65-43 and capped a 10-2 game-clinching run.

Creighton shot 35.3 percent for the game, including 7-of-24 from three-point range, but made the most of its opportunities at the free throw line. CU sank 22-of-25 foul shots while NCCU was 0-for-3 at the stripe. The Bluejays also outscored NCCU 28-2 off the bench against a short-handed Eagles team that was playing without point guard Nimrod Hilliard.

Winners of 28 games a year ago, the Eagles shot 36.5 percent for the game and made 38.9 percent from downtown.

Creighton continues play in the Emerald Coast Classic on Tuesday night at 7:01 pm when it hosts Eastern Illinois. The Panthers (1-3) battled Cincinnati to the wire on Sunday before falling 54-49.

NOTES: Creighton has won 22 straight home games, tied for the nation’s fifth-longest active streak … Isaiah Zierden has scored in double-figures each of his first four games after doing so just three times in 28 games as a freshman. The only Bluejay to score 10+ points in each of CU’s first four games during the previous three seasons had been First Team All-American Doug McDermott on two occasions … Zierden is now averaging 16.3 points per game after entering the season with a career-high of 14 points … Creighton improved to 28-1 with 27 straight wins in Sunday home games at CenturyLink Center Omaha … Creighton is also 82-1 all-time at The Link in games decided by 15 points or more … Creighton has started 4-0 for the fourth straight season, the first time it’s done that in four straight years since 1916-17 to 1920-21 … Creighton improved to 48-0 all-time in regular-season home games on or before Nov. 26th … NCCU became the first Creighton opponent to not make a free throw since Alabama State went 0-for-4 on Nov. 12, 2010.