Rosemont, IL – The 20-ranked Northwestern Wildcats were knocked off by the Creighton Bluejays of the Big East Conference 92-88 in a high-spirited contest on Wednesday night in a Gavitt Tipoff Games game.
Allstate Arena hosted a very competitive game, which included runs and lead changes throughout. Creighton opened up a 15-point lead late in the first half, but Northwestern used a run of their own to cut the lead to eight points by halftime.
After a hot start to start the second half, led by the Wildcats’ senior forward Vic Law (4-7 3PT FG in second half), the Bluejays took back control midway through the second half and never looked back.
Creighton was led by Khyri Thomas, last season’s Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas is a 6-3 junior guard who really brings it on both ends of the court. He is a long armed, wiry combo guard who is best offensively in space. He finished the game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Freshman point guard Ty-Shon Alexander aided in the victory as a spark off the bench. Alexander is a long, smooth guard who plays with poise and confidence. He finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists, going 4-of-6 from three-point range.
The Wildcats were led by senior guard, Bryant McIntosh. McIntosh is a 6-3 point guard who is a flat out playmaker. He uses his crafty ball handling skills and tough shot making ability to score at all three levels and create opportunities for his teammates. He finished the game with 24 points, nine assists and four rebounds. Also, a huge factor for Northwestern was Law, an experienced starter who found his shooting stroke in the second half. He is a combo forward, who can guard any position on the floor. Law finished the game with 30 points and six rebounds, going 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.
Next up for Northwestern is Sacred Heart on Friday.
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