There was talk earlier in the week that Antoine Young would get a chance to play more minutes and more important minutes. Though it was said it was questionable it would happen. But then with Booker Woodfox being held out of the game with an ankle injury, it was almost a guarantee that we would see more of Antoine Young. Boy did he take advantage of the opportunity.
Once again in the first half, Young was a spark off the bench hitting two key 3-pointers and having a good handle to help get the offense going. It was just what was needed for this team. He had some nice plays in the second half and even some icing free throws at the end to help lead the Jays to victory 73-64. Young ended up playing 21 minutes and finished with 13 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Tonight was a night of team effort:
- Cavel Witter, who has had Bradley’s number as of late, played a nice game as well. He finally stopped dribbling so much and made the “simple plays” leading the way in scoring with 14 points.
- Kenny Lawson scored 10 points, but had 8 rebounds (4 offensive) showing he learned from the performance the other night against Northern Iowa.
- Kenton Walker, though saddled with foul trouble played about a 3-4 minute stretch before that scoring 6 straight points, grabbed 3 rebounds and 2 blocks to carry the team before fouling out.
- Kaleb Korver hit a couple of threes and had a couple of assists. Par for the course for him.
- Justin Carter wasn’t afraid to take it to the basket and just missed double figures with 9 points, but led the team with 4 assists.
- Chad Millard again played with intensity and though the stat line didn’t show too much, the 2 blocks he had were pretty impressive. Seeing him in there with Lawson or Walker was a nice help too.
This is the Creighton team we have come to expect and getting a nice road victory against the current conference leader helps make up for the loss on Tuesday as far as holding court. It will be interesting to see how long the ankle will bother Booker Woodfox. I think the team really relied on him a little too much and having him out for this game probably helped the team focus a little more and learn what they needed to do to win without him.
Hopefully there will be a packed Qwest Center Wednesday night–one because SIU is Creighton’s biggest rival. Secondly, it is a white out and the fans need to welcome back home and help them enjoy the home court before having to hit the road for the next two games. Don’t forget to pick up your “FREE” white out shirts at the Horseshoe Casino. Just show them your tickets to the SIU game at the Total Rewards Center. .