Bluejays down Hawks in a thriller

With 4.9 seconds remaining, Creighton All-American senior Doug McDermott received an inbounds pass on the left wing and cooly knocked down the game-winning and-one jumper on Saturday evening at Hagan Arena. Creighton outlasted the Hawks 83-79 in an instant thriller on Hawk Hill.

Doug McDermott's jumper and ensuing free throw with 4.9 seconds left gave the Bluejays an 81-79 lead with plenty of time left on the clock.

St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli called a timeout to set up the Hawks' final shot, and SJU had a chance to either send the game ro overtime or end it in regulation with a three.

The Hawks, however, never got a shot off, as they attempted a three-quarter court heave to Ron Roberts that was intercepted by the Bluejays. It was a play call that certainly drew some ire and confusion from Hawk fans, as the Hawks had more than enough time to dribble the length of the court for a final shot.

While the outcome wasn't what Hawk fans were wishing for, those in attendance certainly got their money's worth. St. Joe's leapt out to an early first-half double-digit lead, but the Bluejays closed that Hawk lead to 45-40 by the half.

The second half saw Creighton erase that St. Joe's lead and build a comfortable 8-point lead in the game's closing minutes. Down 72-64 with just over six minutes to play, SJU got threes from Chris Wilson, DeAndre Bembry, and a dunk by Ron Roberts to close the deficit to 4. A friendly roll on a Langston Galloway jumper then closed the deficit to 74-72

Chris Wilson, with just under a minute to play, knocked down his sixth three-pointer of the game to pull the Hawks within one, and set up the game's final stanza of drama.

Ron Roberts grabbed an offensive rebound off a Galloway miss, knocked down both free throws, and gave the Hawks a 79-78 lead with 27 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Hawks, that was more than enough time for Doug McDermott to secure his game-winner.

The Hawks got a brilliant performance from freshman wing guard DeAndre Bembry, who is quickly establishing himself as a star in the Atlantic 10. Bembry had 20 points and 4 assists, but his impact goes beyond his stat line. Bembry showed the poise of a senior, and is already a fan favorite at Hagan Arena.

St. Joe's also got a double-double out of Halil Kanacevic, who had 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Wilson had his best game of the young season, knocking down six threes en route to an 18-point outing.

As a team, the Hawks shot 14-31 from three on the game, for 45%.

The Bluejays were led by big man Ethan Wragge, who finished with 21 points on 7-11 shooting from three. All-American Doug McDermott had 20 points, including the game-winner.

The Hawks have a lengthy break now, before returning to action on Thanksgiving Day at the Old Spice Classic against LSU. At 2-1 now, the Hawks have another opportunity for a big-name win when they take on the Tigers at 8:30 on Thanksgiving eve.

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