When Booker Woodfox started the season, he was shooting at a really high percentage. We kind of all knew that at some point he would have some struggles since all shooters go through those. Though I firmly believe that the ankle injury he suffered contributed to his midseason funk. And we knew he would get the shooting back on track. He is too good of a shooter to let it phase him too much.
Tonight was the night he broke out. He took 17 shots tonight and made 9 including 5 threes. Each one seemingly to be key when the Jays needed them the most. From the 12 minute mark until about the 8 minute mark, Booker scored 11 of the next 13 points Throw in 3 assists and he had a great night. Like I said in my Primer, “But in the end, Booker is going to break out of his shooting struggles” and he did.
Though Booker gets a lot of credit, a good amount needs to go to P’Allen Stinnett and Josh Dotzler in the final 8 minutes. Down the stretch, P’Allen hit some big, tough shots and scored 15 of his 17 points in the 2nd half. His knee has to be feeling pretty good as he played game high 32 minutes. Then there were 2 key steals between the 2-3 minute mark in the game by Dotzler that sort of helped put the game away for Creighton. Dotzler finished with 6 assists and 4 steals. Finally some good free throw shooting at the end by several Jays kept Drake from trying to steal the game.
I had not even mentioned Justin Carter. Again, he appears to becoming the leader of this team and continues to show his toughness. He scored 9 points and 7 rebounds, but once again always seemed to be involved on a lot of plays.
The key to this game was the turnover story. Creighton kept the ball in their hands in the 2nd half and only turned it over twice. In the end, the Jays led in points off turnovers 17-14, Dana Altman got his 300th win at Creighton and Creighton has won 57 straight games when scoring 72 points or more. 70 is the magic number.
My son is kind of funny. At the 18 minute mark of the 2nd half when Drake had their biggest lead of the game, he just kept saying over and over “we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose.” I finally convinced him that the game wasn’t over and there was plenty of time. The team really stepped up tonight and got a nice win on the road. At the end my son says, “I knew the Jays were going to win.” OK, whatever. And he went to bed with a smile on his face.