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Foster scores 32, No. 25 Creighton gets past UT Arlington

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Marcus Foster and No. 25 Creighton left no doubt with UT Arlington coach Scott Cross about why the Bluejays rank among the nation's scoring leaders.

Foster helped Creighton lead by 25 points in the first half, and the Mavericks never fully recovered in the Bluejays' 90-81 victory Monday night.

''The speed that they play in is absolutely amazing,'' Cross said. ''The way they pass the ball, the way they run in transition ... I don't think I've ever played a team that's better in transition than them.''

Foster scored 22 of his season-high 32 points in the first half as Creighton rolled to its fourth straight win.

Creighton (9-2) matched its season scoring average of 90.2 points per game, which was tied for eighth nationally going into Monday and tops among Big East teams. The Bluejays shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, including 8 of 17 from 3-point range.

Creighton opened an 11-4 lead as Foster scored in the low post, pulled up for a jumper in the lane and buried a 3-point shot. UTA (8-4) took its first and only edge at 13-11 on Johnny Hamilton's basket with 14:10 left in the half, but that quickly disappeared.

Khyri Thomas, Ronnie Harrell, Ty-Shon Alexander, Foster and Mitch Ballock all made 3-point shots over a six-minute burst that gave Creighton a 31-18 lead, and Harrell also finished off a three-point play during that stretch.

The 22 first-half points by Foster were the most by a Bluejay since Doug McDermott had 27 before the break in a 2014 Big East Tournament game against DePaul. The repertoire of shots to get there was impressive, too.

''I got some pull-ups, got to the cup tonight, and then hit some 3s,'' Foster said. ''I got to get that going, too, and not just settling for my 3s, to keep the defense off balance a little bit.''

Thomas added 16 points, five assists and five rebounds.

Kevin Hervey led UT Arlington with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

UT ARLINGTON: The Mavericks were 7-1 to start the season but must find a way to recover from losing three of four. Their 49-point second half Monday night could turn into momentum for the next time out.

CREIGHTON: The Bluejays seem Big East-ready with one more nonconference game remaining before Christmas break. Being more consistent with the defensive clamps might be one takeaway from Monday night, however, as they allowed UT Arlington to pull within eight late in the game.

FOSTER SHARPER FROM 3

Foster made 4 of 8 from deep to bump his season percentage to 42.5. The senior guard, playing his second year at Creighton after two at Kansas State, shot just 34.1 percent from behind the arc a year ago and never better than 40 percent in a season.

EYES ON THE BIG GUNS

Monday's crowd included 13 NBA scouts, many coming to watch Hervey. The 6-foot-9 senior scored 15 points in the second half.

''It's hard to keep a guy as good as Hervey in check for the entire game,'' Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. ''And obviously you saw some of the shots he hit, over outstretched hands.''

UP NEXT

UT Arlington hosts Cal Poly on Thursday.

Creighton hosts USC Upstate on Wednesday before its Big East opener Dec. 28 at Seton Hall.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Ty-Shon Alexander 4.0
  Erick Neal missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
+ 1 Ty-Shon Alexander made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
  Ty-Shon Alexander missed 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Erick Neal 9.0
+ 2 Johnny Hamilton made alley-oop shot, assist by Erick Neal 19.0
  Lost ball turnover on Khyri Thomas 24.0
+ 2 Kaelon Wilson made layup 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Erick Neal 33.0
  Mitch Ballock missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Mitch Ballock 56.0
Team Stats
Points 81 90
Field Goals 33-71 (46.5%) 31-69 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 13-32 (40.6%)
Free Throws 6-11 (54.5%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 39 43
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 28 32
Team 4 1
Assists 17 20
Steals 12 9
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 20 13
Technicals 1 1
24 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
32 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Texas-Arlington 8-4 324981
home team logo 25 Creighton 9-2 523890
Team Stats
away team logo Texas-Arlington 8-4 69.2 PPG 40.7 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 25 Creighton 9-2 77.9 PPG 36.8 RPG 16.0 APG
Key Players
00
K. Hervey F PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Foster G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Hervey F 24 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
M. Foster G 32 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
46.5 FG% 44.9
36.0 3PT FG% 40.6
54.5 FT% 65.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Hervey 24 11 1 10/18 2/7 2/3 3 30 4 1 5 3 8
K. Wilson 15 2 3 7/11 1/2 0/1 2 33 0 0 3 0 2
J. Hamilton 11 4 0 4/9 0/0 3/4 2 21 0 2 0 0 4
N. Hawkins 6 3 1 2/7 2/4 0/2 3 31 3 0 2 1 2
D. Bryant 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 13 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Hervey 24 11 1 10/18 2/7 2/3 3 30 4 1 5 3 8
K. Wilson 15 2 3 7/11 1/2 0/1 2 33 0 0 3 0 2
J. Hamilton 11 4 0 4/9 0/0 3/4 2 21 0 2 0 0 4
N. Hawkins 6 3 1 2/7 2/4 0/2 3 31 3 0 2 1 2
D. Bryant 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 13 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Neal 9 3 8 4/12 1/6 0/0 3 27 2 0 4 1 2
D. Turner 9 5 0 3/6 3/6 0/0 1 19 0 1 0 0 5
M. Clarke 5 0 2 2/3 0/0 1/1 1 11 1 0 0 0 0
J. Harris 2 4 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 9 1 0 0 2 2
L. Kabadyundi 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 1 1 0 2
S. Muirhead - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Binzer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Azore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Castro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Huizenga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 35 17 33/71 9/25 6/11 20 200 12 5 15 7 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Foster 32 6 4 12/20 4/8 4/5 1 35 2 0 1 2 4
K. Thomas 16 5 5 5/13 3/6 3/4 1 35 3 0 2 1 4
M. Krampelj 8 11 2 4/7 0/2 0/3 4 24 3 1 4 3 8
T. Hegner 3 1 0 1/3 0/2 1/2 2 11 0 0 1 1 0
D. Mintz 2 4 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 20 1 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Foster 32 6 4 12/20 4/8 4/5 1 35 2 0 1 2 4
K. Thomas 16 5 5 5/13 3/6 3/4 1 35 3 0 2 1 4
M. Krampelj 8 11 2 4/7 0/2 0/3 4 24 3 1 4 3 8
T. Hegner 3 1 0 1/3 0/2 1/2 2 11 0 0 1 1 0
D. Mintz 2 4 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 20 1 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Ballock 14 2 1 5/12 4/8 0/0 2 28 0 1 2 0 2
R. Harrell Jr. 9 7 2 2/4 1/1 4/5 2 26 0 1 3 2 5
T. Alexander 6 4 2 1/4 1/4 3/4 0 14 0 0 1 0 4
M. Suarez 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 1 1
T. Clement - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Joseph - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Scurry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Epperson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 42 20 31/69 13/32 15/23 13 200 9 3 15 10 32