Jordan Bohannon scored 20 points, and Luka Garza added 17 points and 12 rebounds as Iowa built a big lead and made the plays it needed late in the game to defeat No. 12 Texas Tech 72-61 on Thursday in a semifinal game at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
The Creighton Bluejays (4-2) go head-to-head with the No. 12 Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-1) in the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena. However, a 3-pointer by CJ Fredrick after an offensive rebound pushed the advantage back to five points, and the Red Raiders never recovered. Chris Clarke was Texas Tech's leading scorer with 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
This year's field doesn't feature quite the star power, but between defending national champions Texas Tech and under-the-radar tournament hopefuls Creighton, Iowa and San Diego State, there's more than its share of intrigue. On the other end of the court, Tech has held its opponents to shoot.374 from the field and.333 in its three-point attempts.
The Hawkeyes caught fire from the three-point line hitting seven threes in the first half.
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The Hawkeyes jumped out to a lead with 16:15 remaining in the first half and would not trail for the rest of the game.
Creighton ranks 27th in three pointers attempted per game (27.0) while Texas Tech ranks 253rd (19.9). Through six games, they own a healthy 43.3 percent free-throw rate and an offensive rebounding rate of 32.0 percent (81st in the NCAA).
The Red Raiders rank 53rd in steals per game (7.4) while the Bluejays rank 144th in steals allowed per game (6.2). The Bluejays have turned the ball over only 11.3 times per game this season.