Evansville finally figured out how to close out a game Tuesday night -- with timely shooting and near perfect defense.
The Purple Aces almost held No. 17 Creighton scoreless over the final 5 minutes and broke a 56-56 tie on Colt Ryan's 17-foot jumper with 3:08 left, rallying from a seven-point deficit in the second half for a 65-57 upset of the Bluejays.
It was such a stunning turnaround for a team that had lost three of four that hundreds of students rushed the court in celebration.
''We had lost so many games because we were not listening,'' said senior swingman Kenny Harris, who scored 15 points. ''Tonight, we just came out and paid attention to the details.''
Evansville (12-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference) had lost six times this season by three or fewer points and was coming off an abysmal loss Saturday at Southern Illinois.
The response couldn't have been better.
Evansville delivered one of its strongest defensive games against the nation's best shooting team.