OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half with runs of 10-0 and 17-0 as the nation's No. 15-ranked men's basketball team topped UAB, 77-60, before 15,755 on Wednesday night in Omaha.
Trailing 45-35 with 17 minutes left, the Jays got 10 straight points from reserve guard Josh Jones in a span of 1:17 to tie it and kick-start a 40-12 flurry that left the crowd in a frenzy. When it was over, Creighton had built its lead to 75-57 in the waning seconds before the teams traded scores late.
Creighton improved to 2-0 on the season, while UAB dropped to 1-1 as new Blazers coach Jerod Haase was handed his first loss as a head coach.
Creighton's Gregory Echenique had 13 points and tied a career-best with 16 rebounds, sinking 5-of-5 shots from the floor and all three attempts at the line while playing 31 minutes. He also had four blocked shots and a steal while dominating the paint all night long. Also in double-figures for CU were Grant Gibbs (13) and Ethan Wragge (12).
With All-American Doug McDermott on the bench for all but seven minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, UAB controlled the pace. The Blazers made 15-of-30 field goal attempts and would take a 37-33 intermission lead on the hosts. Rod Rucker and Isiah Jones each had 10 points for UAB, while CU was led by nine points each from Wragge and Gibbs at the intermission.
UAB was led by 16 points from Jones off the bench, while Rucker and Jordan Swing each scored 12.
Creighton outscored UAB 44-23 after the intermission, holding the Blazers to 27.3 percent shooting in the second half and 38.1 percent for the game.
Creighton returns to action on Sunday with a 2:05 pm home game vs. Presbyterian as it begins play in the 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
NOTES: Creighton improved to 22-14 all-time at CenturyLink Center Omaha in games it has trailed by 10 or more points ... Creighton has won seven games in the past two years after trailing by double-figures ... Doug McDermott was held to five points, snapping a 37-game streak in double-figures that ranked third-longest nationally among active players. He did become the all-time leading scorer in CenturyLink Center Omaha history with 740 points, breaking a tie he held with Nate Funk (2003-07) ... Austin Chatman and Grant Gibbs both had six assists for Creighton ... Creighton improved to 18-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha in games on NET Sports ... Creighton owns a 2-0 record all-time vs. UAB, winning both games by double-figures ... Creighton has won 40 straight regular-season home games in November and 39 straight non-conference home games against unranked foes