Wyoming Outlasts Creighton, 68-64

Dec. 18, 2004

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Dion Sherrell scored 16 points and Jay Straight added 15,and Wyoming almost let a 13-point lead evaporate in the final five minutesbefore holding off Creighton 68-64 Saturday night.

The Cowboys (5-3) never trailed in the first half and fell behind by twoearly in the second half before taking command. Runs of 9-0 and 9-1 helpedbuild a 51-41 lead with eight minutes to play.

It was 57-44 with 5:21 left, but turnovers and missed free throws enabledthe Bluejays (8-2) to close within 62-59 with just over a minute left. Two freethrows apiece by Jerry Webb and Sherrell helped keep Creighton at bay.

Webb had 14 and Justin Williams had 12 for Wyoming, which shot 52 percent(22-for-42) and had a 50-30 edge in rebounds. Alex Dunn, a 7-foot center, had11 rebounds and eight points before fouling out with 2:37 to play.

The Bluejays (8-2), who shot only 32 percent (22-for-69), were led by NateFunk's 17 points. Jeffrey Day added 13.

Creighton scored the first seven points of the second half to take its firstlead at 33-31, only to have the Cowboys go on a 9-0 run, the last five byStraight. Wyoming didn't trail again in winning for only the second time in itslast five games.

Wyoming led 31-26 at halftime thanks to a 12-1 run that started with twofrees by Straight after Creighton's Dane Watts was assessed a technical forhanging on the rim after a dunk that tied the score at 9. After the dunk byWatts, the Bluejays managed only one free throw until scoring their next basket- a 3-pointer by Jimmy Motz - more than eight minutes later.

Still, Creighton got within 26-24 before a 3-point play by Justin Williamsincreased the lead to five and maintained it in the final minute of the half.