OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Kyle Korver scored 23 points and and Larry House added 18 as ninth-ranked Creighton bounced back from its first loss in nearly a month with an 89-79 victory over Texas Christian.
Korver hit four shots from 3-point range and converted all seven free throws as the Bluejays (17-2) rallied from a 48-36 halftime deficit. He bounced back from Thursday's 1-of-12 effort in a loss at Evansville.
"I told them to get tighter on defense," Bluejays coach Dana Altman said of his halftime speech. "We had shut down their three big players (Junior Blount, Corey Santee and Bingo Merriex). I thought we really shut them down in the second half."
House went 3-of-3 from beyond the arc as Creighton improved to 11-0 at home this season, having won every game but one by double figures.
"I thought we showed a lot of character," Altman said. "We got our energy back in the second half. I thought we played awfully well in the second half as soon as we got a couple of turnovers and hit some shots."
Creighton saw a chance for the best start in school history slip away with its loss at Evansville. But the Bluejays' rally Saturday helped avert a possibly devastating blow to their NCAA Tournament at-large berth chances.
Santee paced Texas Christian with 28 points, but the Horned Frogs (7-10) have dropped six straight on the road and eight out of 11 overall under new coach Neil Dougherty.
"We've played a difficult schedule," Dougherty said. "But we've got to learn to play a complete game. We need to learn how to execute on both ends of the court."
The Bluejays were trailing, 65-60, with 11:10 left in the contest when Michael Lindeman made a 3-pointer to spark a 16-5 outburst. Mike Grimes, who finished with 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench, made a layup 35 seconds later to tie it, 65-65.
The score was 70-70 when Grimes made a pair of free throws and a layup to give Creighton a four-point cushion with just under eight minutes left.
"They jumped out and played harder than us. We didn't match their intensity," Santee said.
House then made a pair from the line with 6:10 remaining as the Bluejays grabbed a 76-70 advantage.