No. 1 Gonzaga rallies past Creighton in shootout
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and top-ranked Gonzaga wiped out an early 11point deficit and beat host Creighton 103-92 in a matchup of two of the nation’s top offensive teams Saturday in Omaha, Neb.
The Bulldogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 ranking this week after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, overcame a boisterous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Center to win in their first true road game of the season.
Gonzaga held Creighton (6-2) scoreless for nearly four minutes in the middle of the second half while going on a 12-0 run to go up 84-73. Norvell hit two 3-pointers and a layup during the spurt, while Creighton missed five shots and turned over the ball three times.
Brandon Clarke added 27 points and 10 rebounds for GU, and Rui Hachimura added 22 and 11. TyShon Alexander scored 27 to lead Creighton.
No. 3 Duke 113, Stetson 49: Freshman RJ Barrett had 26 points, seven rebounds, a season-high seven assists and four steals in 17 minutes, and the Blue Devils ( 7-1) blew out the Hatters (1-8). Cameron Reddish added 23 points, and Zion Williamson had 17.
No. 5 Nevada 73, Southern Cal 61: Jordan Caroline scored 22 points, and the Wolf Pack took control with a dominant second half to beat the Trojans (5-3) in Los Angeles and equal their 8-0 start from last season. Nevada scored the first nine points of the second half and had a 31-11 run in the teams’ first meeting since 1976.
No. 7 Michigan 76, No. 19 Purdue 57: Jordan Poole scored 21 points as part of a balanced offense, and the Wolverines (8-0) were stingy on defense while routing a third ranked team this season and beating the Boilermakers (5-3) in the teams’ Big Ten opener. Michigan is in its best start since beginning 16-0 in 2012-13.
No. 10 Kentucky 78, UNC Greensboro 61: Reid Travis scored 22 points, and Keldon Johnson added six of his 13 points during a 14-2 second-half run that helped the Wildcats ( 7-1) beat the Spartans ( 7-2) in Lexington, Ky., for their seventh consecutive victory.