Or how to cover the spread in 6 minutes!
Creighton’s red hot start/defense combined with Drake’s shooting woes continuing equaled a 18 point lead before Drake called a time out! This eventually ballooned to a 30 point lead before the end of the first half, and it became clear that Drake would not be able to recover. This was great for us, as our starters got some much needed rest and our bench got in quality minutes. By the end of it all, the Jays tied a record for most 3′s hit in a game (16!) and they cruised to a 91-61 victory and improved to 15-1.
Also in attendance at the game was Champions Forever, which is essentially a modern-day family circus act. What was interesting is after their halftime performance, they were handing out cards that explained a little more about them, and from what I gathered, they are essentially a cult!
I actually spent more time watching all the photographers than the actual game, and I was amazed how quickly there were able to follow the ball with a camera!
Below are my paltry attempts at sports photography:
Thanks to the Creighton Alumni Association, I was able to score a 4-pack of tickets to today’s game against the Indiana State Sycamores (or better known around the Valley as ISU-Blue!). I brought along Mrs. Douglas and we met up with my buddy Steve and his gal Cassie. The Alumni Association was even kind enough to provide a nice pre-game event in which many free nachos and buckets of popcorn were consumed. It also nice to see the many familiar faces I used to work with at University Relations… I was touched that they remembered me despite me having what was described as “Jihadi Terror Beard.”
We had great seats in the student section, and I’m glad we did because we had a barn-burner! ISU-Blue’s pressure defense really disrupted our offense. We only scored 27 points in the first half (WAY below our average), and even that took a miraculous run of stops to get us tied.
Thankfully we make some adjustments in the second half, and that combined with sheer willpower (and a little help from our bench) we were able to pull away and end up with a 79-66 win. It was definitely a gritty win, and it really showed the mental toughness of our team. There was absolutely no way we would have won that game a year or two ago! In the post-game show, Coach Mac revealed that sickness is ravaging the team right now with the flu and strep throat. Austin didn’t even warmup before the game because he was on the bench ill! Hopefully a few days of rest before Drake on Tuesday will get everyone back on track.
Doug walked away with 25 points and 9 rebounds, and moves within a mere 27 points of passing Nate Funk on Creighton’s all-time scoring list. With the win, Creighton improves to 14-1 on the season!