Men’s basketball ends road trip with loss in Seton Hall

NEWARK, NJ. — Creighton trailed 11-0 in the opening minutes and never led in a 74-55 loss at Seton Hall on Friday, February 4. The Bluejays, who overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half of the season in Newark last year, were unable to recapture the magic to take another comeback win over the Pirates.

Seton Hall improved to 14-7 during the season and 5-6 in BIG EAST play. The Bluejays fell to 13-8 and are 5-5 halfway through the competition.

Seton Hall scored the first 11 points of the game after a jumper from Jared Rhoden and three-pointers from Myles Cale, Tray Jackson and Kadary Richmond. The Bluejays wouldn’t crack the scoring column to a Ryan Kalkbrenner free throw at 17:03. The Pirates increased their lead to 23-3 before a Arthur Kaluma Hoop ran a streak of more than seven minutes without a point for the Bluejays. Creighton was only 3-for-23 in the opening 16 minutes before finishing the half, making four of his last five attempts. The Bluejays shot just 25 percent in the first half and 1-for-11 from the three-point range to find a 37-16 deficit at halftime. Seton Hall was led by 10 points from the bench by Jamir Harris.

The Bluejays made a push on the offensive end early in the second half, getting back-to-back three-pointers from Ryan Nembhard and Alex O’Connell to force a timeout for Seton Hall at 13:37 with SHU 45-30 ahead. O’Connell added a breakaway dunk 36 seconds later to narrow the deficit to 13 (45-32), but got no closer.

O’Connell had 10 of his 12 points after halftime, in addition to seven rebounds, while Nembhard finished with 11 points and five assists for the Bluejays. CU ended the game by shooting just 5-of-22 from the three-point range.

The Pirates had five players scoring in double figures, led by 14 by Richmond and 13 by Harris. the Pirates made 10-of-21 three-pointers and won the rebound 35-34. The Pirates also turned 13 Bluejay turns into 17 points and doubled the visitors 30-15 in bank points.

Creighton returns home at 8 p.m. Tuesday to host Butler in a game that airs nationally on CBS Sports Network.

COMMENTS: Creighton’s four-game win streak against Seton Hall was cut short when the Bluejays fell to 14-11 against the Pirates… Creighton’s Trey Alexander made a three-pointer with one minute before half-time. It’s the 305th game in a row with a CU triple before the break, and also the 934th game in a row with a trifecta at any given time…Ryan Hawkins made his 121st consecutive start… At 5-5, Creighton is now at .500 or better in the middle of the league for the 24th time in the past 26 seasons… Creighton’s 16 points before the break was the lowest scoring half of the season… Ryan Kalkbrenner had a blocked shot for the 19th game in a row, CU’s longest streak since Benoit Benjamin in 1984-85… Ryan Kalkbrennerwho went 0-for-4 in his career from a range of three points, finished 1-for-4 deep into the game.

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