Creighton gets 3rd straight season sweep of St John's 68-63
NEW YORK (AP) Marcus Foster had 24 points and eight rebounds, Khyri Thomas added 19 points and seven boards, and Creighton got its third straight season sweep of St. John's with a 68-63 victory on Tuesday night.
Foster hit a pull-up jumper as the shot clock was winding down with 1:41 to go for a seven-point lead. Creighton was forced into a long 3-pointer on its next possession and Bashir Ahmed pulled St. John's within 65-61.
St. John's had to foul three times to put Creighton on the line with 22.2 seconds left and Ronnie Harrell Jr. made 1 of 2 free throws. Justin Simon made a reverse layup at the other end, but Davion Mintz hit two free throws at 13.2 to seal it.
Toby Hegner chipped in 16 points for Creighton (16-5, 6-3 Big East). It was Foster's 11th 20-plus game this season and 35th of his career.
Simon had 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals for St. John's (10-11, 0-9), which has lost seven of those conference games by seven points or fewer. Shamorie Ponds, who leads the team in scoring at 20.7 points per game, was just 3-for-11 shooting and scored seven points.
Updated January 23, 2018