Marcus Foster, a 6-foot-3 junior transfer from Kansas State, led Creighton on a 16-0 run in the second half and the 10th-ranked Blue Jays went on to a 93-72 victory over the University at Buffalo Tuesday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Two of UB’s three losses are to teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll Top 10. The other was at Xavier.
UB trailed only 41-39 at halftime against the Blue Jays, who were an 18-point favorite. It was still, 54-51, with 14:15 to play in the second half. Then Creighton went on its scoring binge to open a 67-51 lead that ended with a Blake Hamilton free throw after 3:14.
Foster, who scored 875 points in two varsity seasons at K-State before sitting out 2015-16, started the run with a three-pointer. In all, he contributed seven points to the run. Seven-foot center Justin Patton added a tip-in basket, guard Maurice Watson Jr., a transfer from Boston University, had a basket and Martin Krampelj, a 6-9 redshirt freshman from Slovenia had a layup.
Hamilton and Willie Conner led UB with 21 points each. They carried the Bulls in the first half when Hamilton had 15 points and Conner 11.
UB’s sophomore forward Nick Perkins struggled through a tough night. He finished the game with no points, six turnovers, four personal fouls and five rebounds. He was 0 for 7 on his field goal tries, 0 for 5 on three-point attempts in only 19 minutes.
UB’s last lead was 34-33 with 3:03 left in the first half. Turnovers continued to plague the Bulls. They had 21 to only eight for Creighton.
Creighton which defeated Washington State, North Carolina State and Ole Miss, to win the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands before Thanksgiving then came home and defeated Loyola of Maryland, is 7-0.
Foster, who was the MVP of the Paradise Jam, led Creighton with 22 points. Patton had 21 on 9 for 10 shooting, mostly from close range. Khyri Thomas had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Jays while point guard Watson had 15 points and eight assists. Watson was third in the nation with 51 assists going into the game.
Next up for UB (4-3) is a Big 4 road game at St. Bonaventure on Saturday at 4 p.m.