Maurice Creek got off the bench and walked toward the Assembly Hall scorer’s table with just over 11 minutes left in the first half of Thursday night’s exhibition game against Indiana Wesleyan. Creek checked in with the official scorer, then waited patiently for the moment he’s been thinking about for more than 20 months — the moment he’d walk back onto Branch McCracken Court in a game.
A dead ball came at the 10:57 mark, and Creek entered to a standing ovation. He couldn’t help but smile.
“A standing ovation?,” Creek said afterward. ”That’s big time, that’s love. I can’t do nothing but thank them, thank everybody.”
Creek played in a game for the first time since Jan. 15, 2011 on Thursday after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles. The redshirt junior guard wasted little time making up for lost time.
Creek scored a team-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting — including 2-of-4 from 3-point range — in just 15 minutes on the court.
“I felt great,” Creek said. “Being wi