Langston Galloway managed just 14 points on 4 for 11 shooting in the loss. (AP)
St. Joe’s fouled Creighton All-American Doug McDermott on a made pop-out jumper with 4.9 seconds left in regulation of an 83-79 loss at home on Saturday night.
The Hawks had their ensuing pass stolen with 2.6 seconds left and the Bluejays sank a pair of free throws to seal the game.
The defeat was the Hawks’ first of the season (2-1). Creighton improved to 3-0 with the victory.
Langston Galloway rimmed a jumper with around a half-minute left in regulation, only to have teammate Ronald Roberts muscle his way for the offensive rebound.
A 66.9 percent free throw shooter last season, Roberts calmly stepped to the line and knocked down both shots to give the Hawks a 79-78 lead with 27.5 seconds remaining in the game.
After fouling at the other end to wind the clock down some, the Hawks lost track of McDermott for just a moment on an in-bounds play and he drilled a jumper while getting fouled by Halil Kanacevic. He sank the free throw to put the Bluejays up a bucket before the critical steal.
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McDermott didn’t come close to his 28.5 points per game average, but he gave Creighton everything it needed to pull off the comeback. He scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Ethan Wragge delivered plenty of body shots from long range throughout the night. All of his 21 points came from three-point range, as the senior forward connected on 7 of 11 attempts from beyond the arc.
Freshman swingman DeAndre Bembry showed no nerves in his first big-time collegiate matchup. He led St. Joe's with 20 points and handed out four assists. Point guard Chris Wilson scored 18 and made 6 of 11 attempts from long distance.
• Both teams had strong shooting nights. St. Joe’s shot 26 of 55 from the field (47.3 percent), 14 of 31 from three-point range (45.2) and 13 of 16 from the free throw line (81.3). On the other side, Creighton connected on 31 of 56 from the field (55.4 percent), 11 of 22 from three-point range (50) and 10 of 14 from the charity stripe (71.4).
• Despite the frenzied pace, it was a relatively clean game from both sides. Each team had just eight turnovers in the game.
• SJU's trio of seniors Kanacevic, Galloway and Roberts combined for 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists.
• Creighton won the rebounding battle, 29-28.
Creighton took a 6-5 edge in the all-time series with the win. The series dates back to 1938, with the programs playing twice in the 1960s and twice in the 1980s before the series was restarted in 2006-07.
St. Joe’s honored its 1962-63 team during the game. That club, led by legendary head coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, won the MAC title and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
All of the team members received special 50th anniversary rings to commemorate their achievements.
St. Joe’s has a break in action before heading to Orlando to face LSU in the Old Spice Classic on Thanksgiving.
Creighton also has a break, returning to action on Nov. 23 against Tulsa.