St. John's 70, #12 Creighton 65 - D`Angelo Harrison had 19 points and five rebounds as the Red Storm picked up their sixth win in their last seven games and clearly the biggest win of their season.
Back on January 28, St. John's went with a defensive structure that shut down everyone not named Doug McDermott. It mostly worked, from the perspective of they only lost by three. It was a massive failure from the perspective of McDermott went for 39 points, including the game winner with just seconds left. In this outing, they let things get a lot more loose, as four non-McDermott Bluejays took at least five shots. More importantly, they held McDermott without a shot - not without a make, without a shot - for the final 8:40 of the game.
Dougie McBuckets' last shot of the game gave the Jays a 59-57 lead, but St. John's returned with a 5-0 run that took nearly five minutes off the clock. Creighton wasn't going away, though, and Grant Gibbs would get a free throw and then a jumper to retie the game, and a freebie from Austin Chatman put the Jays up 63-62. That's when Harrison took over. He would score the last eight points of the game for St. John's over the final 2:10, and the defense held Creighton to just a lone Devin Brooks layup with nine seconds left that did create a bit of drama.
McDermott finished with 25 points and five rebounds, while Gibbs added 12 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. Chris Obekpa had 11 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, but strangely, had zero blocks. You can read more about this game over at Rumble In The Garden and White & Blue Review.