Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Jays Whoop Dayton 77-59
Just what the doctor ordered tonight Creighton. A team that was undefeated and nearly ranked came into the Qwest Center tonight and got their ass handed to them by a fired up Bluejay squad that did all the little things. Sure, you can look at Booker Woodfox's 4 for 5 from behind the arc in the first half or Kaleb Korver's 4 for 5 from 3 for the game but with all the shooting (Jays again hit 13 3's), it was the work on the glass that was the difference. The Jays out boarded UD by 11 and capitalized on their 2nd chance opportunities. It was all hustle. All heart. Just wanting more than the other guy basketball.
It was never closer than 12 points after halftime but it didn't feel like that big of a lead. Dayton just pressured the Jays just enough to make them push hard throughout the 2nd half. It was the first 40 minute game for CU on the year and a win over the best team they have played so far. UD defense was SIU-like but the Jays handled it well.
Yes, they did have 17 turnovers and Dana Altman will be upset about that but in terms of toughness and energy - tonight was the best game by far for this young team.
The line was Jays -6. It ended up being 18. Really surprising but really good to see. The team is gelling, buying in and turning a corner. You might be able to look back on this win as the start of something really fun for 2008-09 Bluejays.