Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:53 am
McDermott leads No. 14 Creighton over Wisconsin
The Associated Press
Creighton (5-0) will play Arizona State in the championship game Saturday. The Sun Devils beat Arkansas 83-68.
Ethan Wragge had 17 points, including a 3-pointer that put Creighton up for good, 61-60 with 7:40 left at the Orleans Arena.
Austin Chapman added a career high 14 points for Creighton, which shot 62 percent from the field in the second half and 88 percent from the free throw line for the game.
Jared Berggren led the Badgers (3-2) with a career-high 27 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Evans had 15 points and eight rebounds, while George Marshall added 13 points.
Wisconsin will play Arkansas in the third-place game.
The Bluejays were 22 of 25 from the free throw line and outrebounded Wisconsin 40-34.
Creighton trailed 39-38 at halftime. They took a 43-41 lead and went up 55-48 with 13:04 to go. But Wisconsin responded with a 12-3 run before Creighton regained the advantage. The Bluejays later built their largest lead at 11 with under a minute left.
There were seven ties and 13 lead changes in the first half. The Badgers' biggest advantage was 12-6 with 15:32 until halftime.
This is the first time the team have met since 1949, when the Badgers won 75-39. Both coaches faced off in the 2005 NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City. Bo Ryan's Wisconsin team defeated Greg McDermott's Northern Iowa squad 57-52.
This is Creighton's first trip to Las Vegas since Dec. 2008, when they won the Las Vegas Classic with wins over Fresno State and DePaul in the final two rounds. Wisconsin has made two trips recently to Las Vegas, losing both to UNLV, the last in Nov. 2010.