Jan. 5, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State (9-4, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) outscored visiting Creighton (6-7, 0-2) by five points in each half and picked up its second league win in three tries with a 70-60 victory over the Bluejays Thursday evening at JQH Arena.
A tight game early was highlighted by Casey Garrison’s 2,000th career point on a layup with 13:50 on the clock, and neither team led by as many as three points until Jaleshia Roberson’s second three-pointer made it 17-13 with 9:13 left, as three ties and six lead changes marked a back-and-forth game up to that point.
Garrison, who finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists, became the fifth player in MVC history and third at Missouri State to reach the 2,000-point plateau.
Roberson canned another trey on the next possession after a Creighton basket for a 20-15 lead, her 1,100th career point, Christiana Shorter added a layup at 8:20, and Casey Garrison hit two free throws to extend MSU’s run to 13-2 before a CU bucket at 6:59 made the score 24-17 Lady Bears.
The Bluejays then got a steal and hit a triple to cut the gap to four points, and Carli Tritz hit a three at 3:51 to close the visitors within 28-25. Roberson answered with a fourth three-ball to lead 33-26 with 2:07 to play, and the Lady Bears went into half with a 33-28 advantage despite making two fewer field goals than CU. Missouri State out-rebounded the Jays 18-14 and held a 9-1 advantage from the foul line in the first period.
Creighton’s Jordan Garrison hit back-to-back threes out of the break to quickly put the Jays ahead 34-33 as they eventually pushed their run to 10-0 over both halves and led 36-33 with 18:16 to play. Two Shorter layups and another from Roberson got the lead back for MSU at 39-38 with 15:30 to play, and Casey Garrison and Shorter hit two more shots in the next minute to make for a 10-2 MSU run and 43-38 lead for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Bears went scoreless over the next 3:55 but CU was only able to score two points in the interim as Roberson’s runner at 10:24 got the lead back to five at 45-40. The teams traded baskets to 49-44 before Lacey Boshe rolled a short jumper over the rim at 7:54 for a 51-44 advantage, and Aly Stock’s layup at 6:53 gave MSU its largest lead of the game at 54-46.
Creighton cut the lead in half with two quick buckets in the next minute, but the Lady Bears responded by making six consecutive free throws to push make the score 60-50 with 4:17 to play. Taylor Johnson’s trey with 1:16 left brought CU to within six points at 62-56, and the Jays cut the lead to five on two occasions before the Lady Bears broke the press for a Boshe layup with 25 seconds left and Roberson intercepted a pass on CU’s next possession before making three free throws in the final 17 seconds to cap a season-high 25-point night.
Roberson connected on 7-of-9 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point land, and made 7-of-8 free throws. Shorter had 14 points and eight boards, and Boshe made four of her five field goals for eight points.
The Bluejays shot 44.4 percent compared to 42.3 for MSU and made two more field goals than the Lady Bears, but Missouri State made 16 more free throws than CU and enjoyed a 40-28 rebounding margin. Each team had 15 turnovers.
Missouri State hosts Drake (7-6, 1-1) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs lost 63-41 at Wichita State Thursday.