Foster hits winner, Creighton battles past DePaul 76-75

 
 
Posted2/8/2018 7:00 AM
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  • Creighton guard Marcus Foster, top, drives to the basket against DePaul guard Justin Roberts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    Creighton guard Marcus Foster, top, drives to the basket against DePaul guard Justin Roberts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul forward Jaylen Butz, right, can't control the ball against Creighton guard Tyler Clement, lower left, and guard/forward Ronnie Harrell Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul forward Jaylen Butz, right, can't control the ball against Creighton guard Tyler Clement, lower left, and guard/forward Ronnie Harrell Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul coach Dave Leitao talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul coach Dave Leitao talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul forward Paul Reed (15) goes up for a shot against Creighton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul forward Paul Reed (15) goes up for a shot against Creighton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul center Marin Maric, right, looks to the basket as Creighton guard/forward Ronnie Harrell Jr. defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul center Marin Maric, right, looks to the basket as Creighton guard/forward Ronnie Harrell Jr. defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • Creighton coach Greg McDermott, left, talks to guard Ty-Shon Alexander during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    Creighton coach Greg McDermott, left, talks to guard Ty-Shon Alexander during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against DePaul, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul coach Dave Leitao, left, talks to guard Eli Cain during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul coach Dave Leitao, left, talks to guard Eli Cain during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul guard Brandon Cyrus, right, blocks a shot by Creighton guard Khyri Thomas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul guard Brandon Cyrus, right, blocks a shot by Creighton guard Khyri Thomas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • DePaul guard Brandon Cyrus (4) reacts to a call against Creighton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75.

    DePaul guard Brandon Cyrus (4) reacts to a call against Creighton during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Creighton won 76-75. Associated Press

  • Creighton guard Marcus Foster, right, reaches for the ball in front of DePaul guard Eli Cain during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago.

    Creighton guard Marcus Foster, right, reaches for the ball in front of DePaul guard Eli Cain during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Creighton guard Marcus Foster goes up for a dunk against DePaul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago.

    Creighton guard Marcus Foster goes up for a dunk against DePaul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Associated Press

  • Creighton forward Toby Hegner, right, shoots over DePaul forward Paul Reed during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago.

    Creighton forward Toby Hegner, right, shoots over DePaul forward Paul Reed during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Chicago. Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Marcus Foster scored 29 points, including a step-back 3-pointer that swished through with the winning points as Creighton battled past DePaul 76-75 on Wednesday night.

The Big East battle went through 12 lead changes and six ties and neither team led by more than six after halftime.

Foster was 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point arc and Khyri Thomas added 18 points. Creighton (18-6, 8-4) is alone in third place in the Big East as Providence (16-8, 7-4) was idle.

Marin Maric led DePaul (9-14, 2-9) with 23 points, Eli Cain added 18 and the Blue Demons have not won in their new arena since Dec. 21.

Cain hit a big 3-pointer that knotted the score at 73-73 with 1:44 remaining. Creighton turned the ball over after its timeout, and Maric backed his way into the post, started to spin right so quickly it sent his defender reeling and Maric spun around left laid the ball in for a 75-73 DePaul lead with just over a minute to play.

The Blue Demons nearly forced a critical turnover with about 30 seconds left when Cain blocked Foster from behind, but the Bluejays kept possession and Foster had two more tries. After missing a jumper with 27 seconds left, Foster took his next one from behind the 3-point arc and drained the game-winner with 14 seconds left.

The Blue Demons were running the ball around the 3-point arc on their final possession when - with about four seconds to go - Max Struss lost the handle, regained control and tried to bull his way through two defenders at the 3-point line. Toby Hegner stripped the ball and Creighton wrapped it up as time expired.

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