Creighton sophomore Marissa Janning was named the Big East Player of the Year.
The Blue Demons open the Big East Tournament on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST against either Xavier or Georgetown. The tournament’s quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games will be played at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The first round games on Saturday will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena which is located on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.
Jefferson leads Bobcats past Pacers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Al Jefferson had a pretty good inkling it was Charlotte’s night when he banked in a 31-footer from well beyond the top of the key to beat the shot clock midway through the fourth quarter.
“I didn’t call the bank, but I trusted my right hand,” Jefferson said with a laugh.
Jefferson scored 34 points and the Bobcats stunned NBA-leading Indiana 109-87 Wednesday night, handing the Pacers just their second two-game skid of the season. Jefferson was 16 of 25 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Bobcats (28-33), who won their fifth straight at home to equal their combined win total from the previous two seasons.
“I’m not accepting that we’re a team that guys look at on the schedule anymore and say, ‘OK, we have the Bobcats (so) we can take the night off.’” Jefferson said.
Jefferson, whose 38-point, 19-rebound effort Monday night was overshadowed by LeBron James’ career-high 61-point outing, has scored at least 20 points in 21 of his last 24 games.
“I think everybody needs to question the Eastern Conference voting on why Al Jefferson wasn’t on the All-Star team because clearly he is one of the best in the game,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He showed it tonight. Give him credit.”
Kemba Walker added 19 points and nine assists for the Bobcats, who have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Evan Turner had 22 points for the Pacers (46-15), who lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season.