Nebraska bucks fan expectations in road win over Creighton
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nebraska won a regular-season game at Creighton for the first time since 1995 with a 63-53 victory over the seventh-ranked Bluejays on Sunday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 17,352 at CHI Health Center Omaha.
It was Nebraska's first road win against the Bluejays since an NIT win in 2004.
Derrick Walker (22) and Sam Griesel (18) combined for 40 points for Nebraska (6-3), helping to offset a season-high 16 points from Bluejay guard Francisco Farabello. Ryan Kalkbrenner (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Baylor Scheierman (10 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for Creighton (6-3), which lost its third straight after a 6-0 start.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Trey Alexander and Scheierman gave Creighton a 12-8 lead after six minutes,, but that would end up being CU's largest lead of the afternoon. Nebraska took the lead for good at 21-20 on a Griesel three-pointer and led 25-23 at the break.
While Nebraska won the game, it wasn't high on the list of predictions prior to the contest.
"Hopefully Creighton," one of many blue-clad fans said outside the arena.
"Creighton," another said.
That would be the final bit of optimism for Creighton fans, with Nebraska grinding out a workmanlike victory.
Nebraska now has three straight road wins over ranked foes, dating back to last season.
Creighton has now lost its past three games.