No. 22 Creighton pulls away from No. 9 Badgers 79-67
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Khyri Thomas scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, breaking open a close game with a three-point play and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, and No. 22 Creighton defeated ninth-ranked Wisconsin 79-67 on Tuesday night.
Maurice Watson Jr. had 17 points and 10 assists and Marcus Foster added 15 points for the Bluejays (2-0).
Bronson Koenig scored 21 points and Nigel Hayes had 16 points to lead the Badgers (1-1), who made only 3 of 26 3-pointers after starting 8 of 13 from beyond the arc.
Wisconsin got within seven points in the final minute, but Justin Patton and Thomas finished off the Badgers with back-to-back dunks.
Hayes, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, scored 11 points in the first 12 minutes and was held scoreless until Ethan Happ fed him for an easy lay-in with 11 minutes left in the game.