NEW YORK, N.Y. — Fourth-seeded Creighton fell to fifth-seeded Providence, 72-68, in overtime on Thursday afternoon in quarterfinal round action of the BIG EAST Tournament.
Creighton surged to an 8-3 lead in the opening minutes after a dunk by Khyri Thomas, only to see the Friars return the favor with a 12-2 run as Providence took a 15-10 advantage. PC stayed in front until the Bluejay freshmen keyed an 11-2 surge to end the first half, with Mitch Ballock and Jacob Epperson contributing the final nine points of that flurry.
Epperson, Ballock and Marcus Foster each scored seven points by the intermission, and CU dished 10 assists on 12 baskets. PC was paced by six points from Jalen Lindsey.
Creighton took its largest lead as Foster drained a three-pointer to put CU up 33-26 on the first trip of the second half, but Providence rallied and retook the lead at 51-49 on a trey by Isaiah Jackson with 7:19 left. Davion Mintz countered for CU with a three-point play, the fifth lead change of the game.
Foster gave Creighton a 58-56 lead with 1:20 left in regulation on a nifty spin move got him to the rim. After Alpha Diallo hit 1-of-2 free throws, Foster did the same with 37.9 let to put CU up by two. Diallo would miss his intial shot, but his stickback with 12.9 left tied the game. Creighton didn’t get a good look at the end of regulation after Foster lost control of the ball.
Providence never trailed in the extra session. Davion Mintz made two foul shots with 1:47 left ot tie the game at 64 before Kyron Carwright and Isaiah Jackson hit two free throws to put PC up four with 56.7 left. Mintz hit a baseline jumper with 45.4 left, only to see Cartwright spin for a jumper with 15.9 left to return the margin to four. Mintz made two free throws with 12.0 to go, halving the deficit to two.
Diallo would be fouled with 8.8 seconds to go and make the second one to put PC up by three, 71-68. After a timeout Ballock would miss an open look from three-point range and CU was forced to foul with 0.5 left. Isaiah Jackson made 1-of-2 foul shots with 0.5 left to ice the victory.