GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Creighton 94, St. John's 76

NEW YORK - Marcus Zegarowski scored 20 points, shooting 6 for 7 from 3-point range, and No. 9 Creighton cruised to a 94-76 victory over St. John's.

Denzel Mahoney had 16 points and freshman center Ryan Kalkbrenner added 15 off the bench to help the Bluejays (5-2, 1-1 Big East) bounce back from a home loss to Marquette in their conference opener Monday night.

Damien Jefferson had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Christian Bishop added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Creighton.

Julian Champagnie led the Red Storm (5-4, 0-3) with 17 points, and freshman Posh Alexander had 13.

St. John's had whittled an early 16-point deficit to two in the second half when the 7-foot Kalkbrenner put together a string of four baskets down low to spark the early portion of a 22-4 run that put Creighton firmly in control again. Mahoney's 3 made it 74-54 with a little more than 6 1/2 minutes left.

Zegarowski, the Big East preseason player of the year, was 0 for 7 from beyond the arc in the loss to Marquette. But he was right on target this time, draining consecutive 3s to make it 80-58 with under five minutes remaining.

December 17, 2020