Seconds after Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett hit an improbable step-back 3-pointer to tie the score at 72-all, Creighton’s Marcus Foster responded by rattling in a triple of his own with only 8.3 seconds remaining.
J.P. Macura, who had six 3-pointers on the night, had a deep look at an equalizer, but his shot connected with the front of the iron. And the Bluejays held on, 75-72, on a wild night of semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Foster and Justin Patton each had 21 points for the Bluejays. Macura led all scorers with 22, followed by Bluiett with 18.
Creighton advances to the Big East Tournament title game against top-seeded Villanova on Sunday evening. The Wildcats needed their own late-game heroics to knock off Seton Hall in the game’s final seconds, as Josh Hart’s putback lay-up gave the reigning national champions a 55-53 victory.