Creighton had an opportunity to showcase themselves to the nation tonight and they did just that. A fired up crowd provided an extra bit of energy and the Jays played with a lot of confidence in their 76-63 win tonight against George Mason
Booker Woodfox showed everyone why he is the leading 3-point shooter in the nation hitting 5-6 and shooting 8-10 from the field to lead the Jays with 22 points.
Everyone was concerned with George Mason’s Darryl Monroe, but it was the play of Kenny Lawson and Kenton Walker that shut down Monroe for the most part. There was no sign of that soft play that was talked about earlier in the season. A couple massive dunks by K & K and a couple of great blocks got the alcohol induced crowd even more excited. Though Woodfox was 5-6 from three, the team was only 8-20 from three. It was the inside game in shooting inside the arc that led the Jays to the win.
Other than being down early the first few minutes of the game, basically Creighton led the whole rest of the way. Antoine Young doesn’t look like a freshman anymore again trying to take over the game early in the second half finishing 4-4 from the field and 13 points. Everyone that got into the game for the Jays (other than Chad Millard who only played 2 minutes) scored. The two team rotation where 5 guys go out and 5 guys come in really causes problems for teams but yet keeps the cohesiveness the team needs. It looks like George Mason was just worn out by the end of the game.
The crowd tonight was great and the student section finally showed up. Maybe all home games should be played at 8:30 instead of the normal 7PM start time. I still think it would be blast to have the MVC play in the 11PM slot on Big Monday that was vacated by the West Coast Conference. In reality it would only be about 1-2 games per season for each team. The later time definitely draws more people and they are a lot more fired up.
The Jays don’t have time to pat themselves on the back and now have to focus on finishing up Conference play this next week. First up is a road trip to Missouri St. where the Bears have not lost on Senior Day in 19 years. Though Missouri St. is last in the league this game is definitely not a gimme. Then it is the showdown with Illinois St. next Saturday this is most likely for the MVC regular season championship–which will again be on the ESPN family of networks and another opportunity to make their case to the media and the NCAA selection committee. Finishing their last ten 10-0 would be convincing. Should be fun.