GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Creighton 89, Seton Hall 53

OMAHA, Neb. - Damien Jefferson scored 16 of his season-high 19 points in the first half and No. 7 Creighton jumped out to a fast start on its way to an 89-53 victory over the Pirates.

The Bluejays (9-2, 5-1 Big East) won their fifth straight game with their biggest conference win since beating St. John's 100-59 in February 2016.

The loss ended a three-game win streak for Seton Hall (8-5, 5-2) and was coach Kevin Willard's most lopsided defeat in his 11 seasons.

Denzel Mahoney had 14 points and Marcus Zegarowski added 11 for the Bluejays, who shot 59.6% overall and 54.2% on 3-pointers, both season highs. They moved into second place in the Big East behind Villanova.

Sandro Mamukelashvili led the Pirates with 14 points and Jared Rhoden had 10.

The Bluejays made their first seven shots and led 17-4 less than five minutes in. Jefferson started 7 for 8 from the field, and his 3-pointer gave Creighton its biggest lead of the first half, 32-19.

Back-to-back 3s by Mahoney and Zegarowski during a flurry to open the second half expanded the cushion. The bulge grew to 42 points in the last three minutes.

The senior forward is shooting 63.4% overall and 50% on 3s in Big East play. He also had four steals against Seton Hall and is averaging 2.7 in conference games. Associated Press


January 6, 2021