The Creighton Bluejays suffered loss number one in the regular season to the Ole Miss Rebels on Friday night, by the tally of 75-68, in the 2014 Emerald Coast Classic.
Poor free throw shooting doomed Greg McDermott's club right from the onset. The Jays a poor 64.5 percent from the line in this matchup in Niceville, Florida, while Ole Miss was nearly pristine with a 90.5 percent mark. With the margin falling between 10 points, it's fair to say that this was a pivotal point in the matchup.
Creighton also had trouble containing the likes of Jarvis Summers and Ladarius White. Summers and White combined to score 41 points, with Summers leading the charge with 23 of his own. Summers' best work came -- you guessed it -- at the free throw line where he shot 9-10. White was terrific in and around most areas on the floor, as he shot 70.0 percent on 10 field goal attempts, and 2-3 from the 3-point line.
IF you take a look at this game with a glass half full approach, Creighton's 3-point shooting was the best its been thus far this season. The Jays converted 41.9 percent of their 31 3-point attempts on Friday night, with sharpshooting Isaiah Zierden being the big winner. Zierden made five of his eight 3-point field goals in 30 minutes of action.
Devin Brooks, meanwhile, put on his best performance of the year with 14 points, four assists, two rebounds and steals as well. The JUCO transfer played 30 minutes and looked dynamic, but his late free throw misses will unfortunately stick out from this game like a sore thumb.
Creighton takes on Middle Tennessee State in their next and final game in the Emerald Coast Classic.