OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Sterling Gibbs made a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left, lifting No. 19 Seton Hall over Creighton 68-67 on Saturday.
James Milliken’s 3-point try at the buzzer bounced off the rim, sending Creighton to a fifth straight loss for the first time since 1996-97.
Gibbs bounced back from an eight-point night in a loss to Xavier to score 22, making 4 of 8 3-pointers. Khadeen Carrington had 11 points and Brandon Mobley matched his career high with 13 rebounds for the Pirates (13-3, 3-1 Big East).
Milliken had 20 points in his first start, Will Artino had 14 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 35 minutes and Rick Kreklow added 10 points for the Bluejays (9-8, 0-4).
The Bluejays were without point guard and leading scorer Austin Chatman for the final 29 minutes and top 3-point shooter Isaiah Zierden for the entire second half. Chatman left after taking a hit to the head, and Zierden hurt his right knee.
After the Bluejays took the lead, the Pirates called timeout twice before the winning play. Mobley passed to Gibbs, who stepped behind the arc on the right wing and swished his 3-pointer. He turned his heels, walked to mid-court and saluted with his right hand.
The Pirates were coming off a loss at Xavier after wins over Top 25 teams St. John’s and Villanova.
Seton Hall led most of the game but could never create much separation against the short-handed Bluejays. Creighton led 63-61 with 2 minutes left after Milliken’s layup off an aggressive drive through the lane.
Carrington made both free throws on a one-and-one to tie it at 63, and the Pirates got the ball back after tying up Milliken under the Creighton basket.
Mobley’s baseline jumper made it 65-63 Seton Hall, but it was tied again after Artino made two free throws with 1:18 left.
The Bluejays got the ball back with 35 seconds left when Kreklow won a scramble for the ball after Mobley missed a 3-pointer. Artino then put back Milliken’s missed shot to give Creighton a two-point lead.
Seton Hall: Angel Delgado was back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench for the first time against Xavier. … The Pirates got a brief scare in the first half when Gibbs dropped to the floor after an apparent collision with a teammate. An athletic trainer looked at his right leg, and then he returned to the game looking no worse for the wear.
Creighton: Milliken made his first start, and guard Avery Dingman was on the floor to begin the game for the first time in three games. They replaced Zierden, who had started six straight, and Devin Brooks, who had started all but five games. … Dingman blocked his second shot of the season on the first shot attempt of the game, stuffing Jaren Sina as he drove to the basket. The Pirates returned the favor a few minutes later when Desi Rodriguez swatted Dingman’s fast-break layup try.
Seton Hall hosts Butler on Tuesday.
Creighton visits Marquette on Wednesday.
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