Nov 26, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kyle Korver hit seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points as Creighton Bluejays beat Notre Dame 80-75 in the championship game of the Guardians Classic on Tuesday night.
Korver, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable player, also had 10 rebounds and three assists. He was 7-for-11 on 3-point tries as Creighton went 10-for-17 from long range.
Tyler McKinney added 14 points for the Bluejays (4-0), including five in an 8-0 run that put Creighton up by 10 points with just over 14 minutes left.
Notre Dame (4-1) got within 77-75 on Chris Thomas’ 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining, but the Fighting Irish would not score again.
McKinney made two free throws with 23 seconds left, and DeAnthony Bowden’s free throw with 9 seconds left iced the victory for Creighton.
Thomas led Notre Dame with 22 points, and Matt Carroll had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Both were named to the All-Tournament team along with Creighton’s Brody Deren, who had 13 points in the title game, and Karim Souchu of Furman.
The shorter Bluejays outrebounded Notre Dame 36-19 and shot 62.7 percent (31-for-50) from the field overall.
The Fighting Irish started sluggish, missing five of their first six field-goal attempts and their first five free-throw tries, but came back to lead 35-28 with just under 3 minutes left in the half.
The Bluejays closed out the half with a 10-0 run, though, and never trailed after the break.