Thomas' double-double leads Creighton past St John's, 82-68
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Khyri Thomas nearly had a triple-double, Marcus Foster had 18 points and Creighton beat St. John's 82-68 on Tuesday night.
Foster scored five points during an 11-0 game-opening run and the Bluejays never trailed. Creighton (23-7, 10-7 Big East) led 43-30 at the break and took a 16-point lead when Zierden hit a 3-pointer with 18:08 to play. Malik Ellison made a layup and then hit back-to-back 3s to trim St. John's deficit to five with 9:36 left, but the Bluejays scored 10 of the next 13 points to make it 68-56 nearly three minutes later and led by at least eight the rest of the way.
Shamorie Ponds scored 16 for St. John's (13-17, 7-10). The Red Storm made just 6 of 25 from 3-point range and shot 47 percent (8 of 17) from the free-throw line. Creighton hit 18 of 22 foul shots.
The Bluejays have a one-game lead over fourth-place Seton Hall in the conference standings and can earn a first-round bye in the Big East Tournament with a win at Marquette (17-11, 8-8) in their regular-season finale on Saturday.
Updated February 28, 2017