Having endured a 16 minute field goal drought last game to Middle Tennessee State, the Creighton Bluejays were looking to right the ship against Tulsa. Leading 25-22 with four minutes to play in the first half, it was looking like Creighton might battle their way through their offensive struggles. That wasn't to be, however. Creighton went into the half with that same 25 points and an eight point deficit. Leading scorer Isaiah Zierden was held in check by a Tulsa defense that came in having given up over 70 points in their last two games. Senior point guard Austin Chatman did tie his career-high with 19 points and also led CU in rebounds with seven.
With great depth, you wouldn't think foul trouble with be an issue for the Bluejays. However, it was against Tulsa. Geoff Groselle, Will Artino, and Zach Hanson all found themselves in foul trouble, with Hanson fouling out with over four minutes to play in the game. The foul troubles forced Greg McDermott to play a small lineup, trying to create a more up- tempo game. It didn't have much success as Tulsa continued their onslaught.
Defense was the calling card in the upset against Oklahoma. The preseason expectations were that this Bluejays team would be much improved. However, Tulsa got the the rim at will against the Jays, with James Woodward's 23 points leading the way. Both Woodward and Marquel Curtis (17) had season-highs in points against Creighton. The Bluejays had pulled within 39-38 early in the second half, but poor rebounding, turnovers and bad defense contributed to the Jays' falter down the stretch.
Tulsa's dominating win is their first win over the Jays since 2000. The Golden Hurricane had lost their last four to the Jays, three of those coming in the past three seasons. Creighton falls to 6-2 on the season and will play their fourth consecutive game away from home when they play rival Nebraska on Sunday evening.