Reserve Harrell leads Creighton past No. 19 Pirates 80-63
OMAHA, Neb. -- Marcus Foster scored 25 points and reserve Ronnie Harrell Jr. had a career-high 18, and Creighton never trailed in an 80-63 win over No. 19 Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
The Bluejays (15-4, 5-2 Big East) split the season series with the Pirates (15-4, 4-2), avenging a 90-84 road loss last month in which they blew a double-digit lead and failed to score the last 3 1/2 minutes.
Creighton led by 16 points early but saw the Pirates pull to 39-32 at half. Harrell scored seven points during a 17-9 run to open the second half that put Creighton up 58-43.
Harrell later brought the sellout crowd to its feet with a behind-the-back move as he drove to the basket, and Foster urged on the fans to make more noise when Angel Delgado elbowed Toby Hegner for a flagrant-1 foul on the other end. It was Delgado’s fourth personal, and Hegner made the free throws for a 67-47 lead with 8 minutes to play.
Delgado, who came into the game off seven straight double-doubles and had 18 points and 14 rebounds in the first meeting with Creighton, was in foul trouble all night. He was limited to four points and four rebounds in 20 minutes. Desi Rodriguez, the Pirates’ season scoring leader, did not play in the second half and finished with four points.
Myles Powell led the Pirates with 19 points.
Seton Hall shot a season-low 38.1 percent, committed 17 turnovers and scored its fewest points of the season.
Creighton shot 51.7 percent, making it the first Seton Hall opponent to hit more than half its shots.
Seton Hall: This was a debacle from the beginning for the Pirates. Time to forget this one and get ready for the showdown with Xavier on Saturday.
Creighton: The Bluejays bounced back from a 22-point road loss to Xavier in resounding fashion.
Seton Hall: hosts No. 11 Xavier on Saturday.
Creighton: visits Providence on Saturday.