OMAHA, Neb. - Dane Watts scored eight of his career-high 29 points in overtime to lead Creighton past St. Joe's 90-84 today at Qwest Center Omaha.
Creighton (6-1) overcame a four-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. Watts hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 70-70.
Pat Calathes had a chance to win it at the buzzer for St. Joe's (4-4), but his 3-point shot bounced off the rim.
The game was back-and-forth throughout regulation.
Creighton led by as many as eight in the first half, and the Hawks had a five-point advantage on two occasions.
And the Hawks got 14 first-half points from Darrin Govens while rallying to lead 35-34 at the break.
After falling behind by five early in the second half, St. Joe's moved in front with a 15-5 run.
Creighton battled back to go up by three midway through the second half before the Hawks pulled ahead.
Then the Bluejays tied up the game and took control in overtime. Creighton scored nine of the first 11 points in the extra period.
Chad Millard's 3-pointer with 3:10 left in overtime put the Bluejays up 79-72.
St. Joe's twice closed to within four, but Creighton went 17 of 20 from the foul line in the extra period to hold on.
Pierce Hibma added a career-high 17 points for the Bluejays, Nick Bahe had 14 and Millard scored 13.
Tasheed Carr led four St. Joe's players in double figures with 23 points. Rob Ferguson, Govens and Calathes each scored 14 for the Hawks.