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Creighton University at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

2 February 1999

SIUC (12-8) played a strong first half, faltered in the second half, but managed to hang on to defeat visiting Creighton University (14-6) before an averaged sized home crowd. The Salukis began to build their lead (21-13) at the 9:28 mark and extended it to as many as 21 points, finally ending the first half with what seemed like an insurmountable 45-25 advantage. Three-point shooting by Monte Jenkins and strong rebounding were largely responsible for the Salukis' success. A reenergized Bluejay team (along with sloppy Saluki play) appeared in the second half and began to chip away from the lead. Creighton got within 5 points midway through the half before SIUC pulled away. A second round of strong inside play and tough pressure defense by the Bluejays enabled them to cut the lead to 3 points with 1:37 remaining. Coach Weber had strong words for Monte Jenkins as a result of the offensive and defensive lapses. The Salukis went on to outscore Creighton 10-6, behind key baskets by Able Slaughter, to seal the win. Monte Jenkins lead the team with 25 points followed by Ricky Collum with 21 points, including six 3-point baskets. The result was an 85-78 home victory.


Monte Jenkins jumper

Jenkins jamming

Ricky Collum jumper

Jenkins 3-pointer

a rare Creighton jam

James Watts jumper


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