Creighton blew a 16-point lead and put its NCAA tournament at-large chances in serious jeopardy, but sophomore Ty-Shon Alexander’s clutch plays in overtime helped the Jays escape with a much-needed 76-70 win Wednesday night.
Alexander broke a 63-63 tie with a 3-pointer at the 2:15 mark. He stole a pass on Providence’s next possession and soared downcourt for a two-handed dunk to push CU’s lead to 68-63.
The Jays (17-13, 8-9) were able to put the game away from there, hanging on for a win they desperately needed. They moved into a tie for fourth place in the league standings (it’ll be a tie for third place if Georgetown loses late Wednesday). And they kept their postseason goals intact.
But they had to work for it.
Creighton was ahead 48-32 with 12 minutes left. But it managed just five points over the nine minutes of action — and the Friars (16-14, 6-11) took advantage, trimming the deficit to 55-52 when senior Isaiah Jackson nailed a 3-pointer with 2:34 left.
CU had a couple chances to ice it down the stretch, but could not. Jackson tied the game at 59-all on a 3-point play with 14 seconds left in regulation. Junior Davion Mintz missed the potential game-winner — his mid-range jumper rimmed out just before the buzzer.
Junior Martin Krampelj finished with a 15 points. Alexander had a team-high 17 points — and seven of those came in overtime.
Jackson scored 21 points for Providence.