Creighton pulls away UND with blistering finish

OMAHA, Neb. (UND Athletics) -- Sophomore Marlon Stewart led North Dakota with 18 points in his return to Creighton, but his old team wore down the Fighting Hawks to register a 111-68 victory Tuesday at CenturyLink Center.

Creighton led by 14 at halftime and that was the margin at the midway point of the second half, but the home team erupted for 40 points in the final 10 minutes to make the first meeting between the two teams since 1975 end in a one-sided affair.

"There were moments that we played really well, but, honestly, I'm disappointed in the final 10 minutes when we were only down 14," UND head coach Brian Jones. "Our guys got outside of what we had been doing up until that point. We had not been perfect up until then, but we were still in the ball game."

The Bluejays, who are coached by former UND assistant Greg McDermott, knocked down 13 triples in the game and were led by Marcus Foster, who scored a game-high 23 points.

Creighton fell out of the Top 25 after a Friday loss at Gonzaga, but looked like they will get back their soon after shooting 58.9 percent from the floor and outrebounding UND 48-29.

Sophomore Martin Krampelj controlled the glass, posting a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Stewart and Geno Crandall led UND with five boards a piece.

Junior Cortez Seales chipped in 16 points for UND on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, while classmate Conner Avants added 11 points. He had the first six points of the game for the Fighting Hawks, who were tied with the Bluejays at 11-11 four minutes into the contest.

Creighton would use a 20-6 run over the next six minutes to build a double-digit lead that UND would never trim back to single digits the rest of the way.

Stewart had a strong second half against the program he played for a true freshman as during the 2015-16 season, scoring 10 points after the break.

With UND trailing 71-57 with just over 10 minutes to play, he would miss a pair of free throws and the Bluejays would not look back, outscoring the visitors 40-11 in that closing stretch.

UND plays its final non-conference home game on Saturday against in-state rival North Dakota State. Tip-off against the Bison is set for 7 p.m.