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Bluejays survive star's offday

Creighton’s Josh Jones, left, Grant Gibbs and Gregory Echenique go after a rebound in the second half vs. UAB.

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Creighton’s Josh Jones, left, Grant Gibbs and Gregory Echenique go after a rebound in the second half vs. UAB.

OMAHA, Neb. — His team down by 10, Creighton coach Greg McDermott had a simple message for Josh Jones before the reserve guard entered the game early in the second half.

"Coach Mac just came to me and told me he needed me," Jones said.

Jones delivered, scoring all of his 18 points in the second half to compensate for Doug McDermott's quiet night in No. 15 Creighton's 77-60 victory over UAB on Wednesday.

Jones matched his career high with four 3-pointers. The senior made two during a personal 10-0 run that tied it at 45 and two during a 17-0 spurt that finished off the Blazers.

"He loves the game, he loves Omaha, he loves Creighton and he'll do anything to help us win games," Greg McDermott said of Jones. "It's kind of cool to see it all come together on a night like (Wednesday) when we really needed it."

Doug McDermott, a returning All-American for Creighton (2-0), got into early foul trouble and finished with five points. He had scored in double figures in 37 straight games.

UCLA: An appeal was filed with the NCAA about freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad being ruled ineligible for violating amateurism rules. The case should be heard Friday, coach Ben Howland said.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Guard Jalen Steele is expected to miss six weeks because of a fractured right wrist sustained Tuesday.

Women

NO. 9 PENN ST. 63, NO. 16 TEXAS A&M 58: Alex Bentley scored 21 and Maggie Lucas added 18 for the visiting Nittany Lions (2-0), who erased a 56-51 lead for the Aggies (0-2) by closing with a 12-2 spurt.

NO. 10 GEORGIA 66, PRESBYTERIAN 38: Jasmine Hassell had 14 points and nine rebounds for the host Bulldogs (2-0), who kept the Blue Hose from getting their second upset win in their first season as a certified Division I team.

UCLA 86, NO. 11 OKLAHOMA 80: Thea Lemberger scored 18 on 7 of 12 shooting as the visiting Bruins upset the Sooners (1-1).

DUQUESNE 51, NO. 17 DELAWARE 47: Wumi Agunbiade had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Orsi Szecsi hit a late 3-pointer to help the host Dukes upset the Fightin' Blue Hens (1-2).

NO. 20 OHIO ST. 87, CINCINNATI 49: Tayler Hill had 21 points and five assists to lead the Buckeyes (1-1) in their home opener.

UNC 63, NO. 25 G'TOWN 48: Brittany Rountree had 22 points and hit six 3-pointers as the host Tar Heels routed the Hoyas (2-1) in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT.

ECKERD 77, NORTHWOOD 35: Taylor Bestry had a career-high 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting to lead the visiting Tritons (1-1) over the NAIA-affiliated Seahawks.

'NOLES-GATORS: Florida State hosts Florida at 7 tonight, the 73rd meeting in the series. The Gators (2-0) lead 42-30, but the Seminoles (1-0) have won six of the past nine. In other FSU news, Choctawhatchee High guard Brittany Brown, a four-star recruit by ESPN, signed a letter of intent.

Bluejays survive star's offday 11/14/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:23am]
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