Creighton men’s basketball claims opener with victory over Western Illinois
Martin Krampelj and Mitch Ballock scored 13 points apiece and Creighton turned back Western Illinois 78-67 in the season opener for both teams last night in Omaha.
There were six ties and eight lead changes in the first half before Ballock hit a 35-foot buzzer beating three-pointer to put the Bluejays on top 43-41 at the break. An 8-0 surge early in the second half, featuring three-pointers from Ty-Shon Alexander and Samson Froling, put Creighton up 57-47. The Leathernecks never got closer than eight after that. Ballock also had five assists and two steals on the evening while Krampelj pulled down seven boards.