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Marcus Foster's 27 lead No. 10 Creighton past Akron 82-70

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Akron coach Keith Dambrot knows Creighton better than most nonconference opponents, perhaps better than he would like.

After his Zips lost 82-70 to the 10th-ranked Bluejays on Saturday night, Dambrot said this Creighton team appears to be a cut above the other three he's faced over the last 11 years - even the Doug McDermott-led squad that beat his team by 16 points in 2012.

''They've got a big-time point guard, a center who can run to the rim and three guys around them who all make shots, so it puts pressure on you defensively,'' Dambrot said.

The point guard, Maurice Watson Jr., set a CenturyLink Center record with 13 assists to go with his 14 points. The center, 7-foot redshirt freshman Justin Patton, had 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals. One of those shooters, Marcus Foster, scored a season-high 27 points, including 13 of Creighton's first 16 points.

The Bluejays (8-0), off to their best start since the 2003-04 team opened 12-0, played their strongest first half in five games and never trailed.

''It was about staying focused in warmups, as we talked about last week,'' Foster said. ''We have to have a better mental approach to the game. I was really focused and locked in through warmups and it carried over to the first couple plays of the game.''

Kwan Cheatham Jr. had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Zips (6-2), who lost for the first time in seven games. Isaiah Johnson, the Zips' 6-foot-11, 300-pound All-MAC center, had 10 of his 13 points in the second half. He struggled when Creighton sped up the game in the first half. The Zips were able to slow things down over a few stretches of the second half, and he was able to go to work in the post.

''It was hard to handle him with just one body, he's so big and so skilled,'' said forward Cole Huff, who had 16 points.

Akron pulled to 39-35 early in the second half. Foster picked up the crowd when he sneaked in the backdoor to dunk a lob from Watson. After Josh Williams' 3-pointer for Akron, Foster weaved through the lane for another basket.

Huff made back-to-back 3s, and Watson hit a 3 between dunks by Justin Patton and Foster before the Bluejays finished a 16-3 run putting them up 62-44.

The Zips were without starting point guard Noah Robotham, who has an ankle sprain. Tavian Dunn-Martin picked up most of Robotham's minutes and had seven points and three assists.

BIG PICTURE

Akron: The Zips won't see any tougher opponent - until next week when they play No. 8 Gonzaga.

Creighton: The Bluejays once again showed they are capable of getting offensive production from anywhere on the floor, with four players scoring in double figures.

DON'T FORGET MO

Watson came into the game second nationally with 8.2 assists a game, something that has not gone unnoticed by his teammates.

''He's the key to our success, and we go as far as he goes,'' Foster said. ''He could have 20 points a night, but he chooses to pass. I love playing with Maurice, a point guard who is going to find me and get other guys involved before he thinks of himself.''

Huff said, ''I've never played with a point guard as unselfish as Maurice. He wants everyone else to feel good about himself and get their shots and get their rhythm.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Bluejays won't drop from No. 10 after sweeping MAC opponents Buffalo and Akron this past week, and they might even move up a rung.

HE SAID IT

''This is the fourth time I've been in Omaha. One was for a Nike clinic and the other three have been a miserable experience.'' - Dambrot, who dropped to 0-3 on the road against Creighton.

UP NEXT

Akron hosts Coppin State on Wednesday.

Creighton visits Nebraska on Wednesday.

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Key Players
I. Johnson
M. Watson Jr.
30.1 Min. Per Game 30.1
11.7 Pts. Per Game 11.7
8.4 Ast. Per Game 8.4
2.4 Reb. Per Game 2.4
66.7 Field Goal % 45.6
Three Point % 53.8
59.2 Free Throw % 68.0
  Defensive rebound by Marcus Foster 13.0
  Antino Jackson missed jump shot 15.0
  Offensive foul turnover on Maurice Watson Jr. 18.0
  Offensive foul turnover on Tavian Dunn-Martin 34.0
+ 2 Khyri Thomas made layup, assist by Maurice Watson Jr. 42.0
  30-second timeout called 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Maurice Watson Jr. 59.0
  Antino Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
+ 2 Marcus Foster made layup 1:16
  Offensive rebound by Creighton 1:21
  Cole Huff missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kwan Cheatham Jr. 1:23
Team Stats
Points 70 82
Field Goals 27-57 (47.4%) 32-58 (55.2%)
3-Pointers 12-31 (38.7%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 4-8 (50.0%) 10-16 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 33 32
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 21 25
Team 4 1
Assists 15 23
Steals 6 9
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 18 11
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Akron 6-2 304070
home team logo 10 Creighton 8-0 374582
Team Stats
away team logo Akron 6-2 69.5 PPG 40.3 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo 10 Creighton 8-0 79.4 PPG 37.3 RPG 16.1 APG
Key Players
00
K. Cheatham Jr. F PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Foster G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Cheatham Jr. F 17 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
M. Foster G 27 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
47.4 FG% 55.2
38.7 3PT FG% 33.3
50.0 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Cheatham Jr. 17 7 2 6/11 5/9 0/1 2 37 0 1 3 2 5
I. Johnson 13 5 3 5/7 0/0 3/5 3 30 0 1 6 1 4
An. Jackson 12 2 3 5/16 2/7 0/0 3 28 0 0 3 0 2
J. Ivey 7 4 4 3/4 1/2 0/0 3 38 2 0 0 0 4
J. Williams 6 2 0 2/7 2/6 0/0 2 28 2 0 3 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Cheatham Jr. 17 7 2 6/11 5/9 0/1 2 37 0 1 3 2 5
I. Johnson 13 5 3 5/7 0/0 3/5 3 30 0 1 6 1 4
An. Jackson 12 2 3 5/16 2/7 0/0 3 28 0 0 3 0 2
J. Ivey 7 4 4 3/4 1/2 0/0 3 38 2 0 0 0 4
J. Williams 6 2 0 2/7 2/6 0/0 2 28 2 0 3 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dunn-Martin 7 3 3 3/7 1/5 0/0 3 21 1 0 1 0 3
Aa. Jackson 4 3 0 1/2 1/2 1/2 0 8 0 0 0 2 1
E. Olojakpoke 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 6 1 0 0 2 1
M. Hughes 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
N. Robotham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Noble - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Utomi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Eubanks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. McIntyre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Dalton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 29 15 27/57 12/31 4/8 18 200 6 3 16 8 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Foster 27 4 3 11/19 2/8 3/5 0 36 0 0 0 0 4
C. Huff 16 5 0 6/11 4/8 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 5
M. Watson Jr. 14 2 13 5/7 1/1 3/5 2 33 3 0 5 1 1
J. Patton 11 7 2 5/7 1/1 0/1 3 26 3 2 1 2 5
K. Thomas 9 5 5 4/8 0/2 1/1 0 36 3 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Foster 27 4 3 11/19 2/8 3/5 0 36 0 0 0 0 4
C. Huff 16 5 0 6/11 4/8 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 5
M. Watson Jr. 14 2 13 5/7 1/1 3/5 2 33 3 0 5 1 1
J. Patton 11 7 2 5/7 1/1 0/1 3 26 3 2 1 2 5
K. Thomas 9 5 5 4/8 0/2 1/1 0 36 3 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Zierden 4 1 0 1/2 0/1 2/2 0 12 0 0 1 0 1
M. Krampelj 1 6 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 8 0 0 1 2 4
T. Clement 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Hegner 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 15 0 0 0 0 0
R. Harrell 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1
Z. Hanson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Joseph - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mintz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Scurry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Paras - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 31 23 32/58 8/24 10/16 11 200 9 2 11 6 25