Foster scores 19, No. 22 Creighton holds off UMKC 89-82

UMKC guard Dashawn King (1) knocks the ball away from Creighton guard Marcus Foster (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Marcus Foster scored 19 points, Maurice Watson Jr. added 17 and No. 22 Creighton withstood UMKC's late run to beat the Kangaroos 89-82 on Friday night.

The Bluejays led by double digits less than 4 minutes into the game and by 28 midway through the second half. The Kangaroos cut that lead to single digits before Creighton secured its 19th win in the past 20 season openers.

Khyri Thomas added 16 points and 7-foot redshirt freshman Justin Patton finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Zach Hanson also had 11 points for the Bluejays.