OMAHA, Neb. -- Maurice Watson Jr. scored 20 points and Creighton took control early and eased to a 72-54 win over Alabama in a first-round game of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Creighton grabbed a 25-16 lead with a 13-2 run and led 30-19 at the half. A 3-pointer by Thomas 4 1/2 minutes into the second half made it 41-23. Alabama was within 10 with more than 5 minutes remaining but couldn't get any key stops as the Crusaders shot 53 percent in the second half.
Alabama only shot 24 percent in the first half (7 of 29), going 3 of 16 from 3-point range. The Tide finished at 28 percent with eight 3s in 31 attempts.