Creighton holds off Alabama for 58-57 win in Greensboro
Alabama is unable to convert on a chance to win with 2.4 seconds remaining as the Bluejays advance to face the winner of North Carolina and Vermont.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Creighton overcame a seven point deficit with just over ten minutes to go, fighting back into the game and escaping with a 58-57 win over Alabama on Friday in Greensboro.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Crimson Tide extended their lead to as many as 11 early in the second half. While Alabama used their full-court pressure and athleticism to control the game early, it was the Bluejay's execution in the half-court offense that allowed them to advance to the Round of 32.
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Alabama guard Trevor Releford, who led the Tide with 14 points and four assists, had a shot from the top of the key to win the game as time expired. But Releford was not able to get the ball over the outstretched arm of 6-foot-5 <strong>Josh Jones</strong> , who partially blocked the shot as it fell short and the Bluejays celebrated their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2002.
Doug McDermott, the nation's third-leading scorer, led the Bluejays with 16 points (6-12 shooting) and 10 rebounds. The Tide were wary of McDermott at all times on defense, but the star forward took advantage of his opportunities when the Tide fell asleep on defense for a few big possessions in the second half.
In addition to the block on the final play, Josh Jones gave Creighton some big minutes off the bench. The junior had 7 points, 2 assist, 2 steals, and no turnovers in 23 minutes of action.
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