Creighton's leading scorer Marcus Foster did what he does best in the BIG EAST semifinals when the Jays needed it most. Foster knocked down a three-point shot from the top of the key with just 6.6 seconds on the clock to send Creighton to the BIG EAST tournament finals with a 75-72 win over Xavier.
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The Jays trailed 37-31 at the half, but heated up down the stretch. Foster and Justin Patton each scored 21 points, while Patton connected on 10 of his 13 shots from the field. Patton added three rebounds and two blocks, while Foster added six assists and two boards.
The Jays were hot from the three-point line, connecting on 13 of their 20 shots from beyond the arc. Creighton also shot 54.7 percent from the field.
Xavier's J.P. Macura scored 22 points of his own and had a look at the end to tie it, but came up short. Xavier shot just 42.9 percent from three and 48.2 percent from the field.
Up next, Creighton will take on Villanova in the BIG EAST tournament finals tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Villanova escaped a close one against Seton Hall as Josh Hart finished a put-back with 9.6 seconds to give the Wildcats a 55-53 win. Villanova swept the Jays in the regular season series.