GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Creighton 59, Connecticut 56


By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Sports Writer

NEW YORK - Marcus Zegarowski made two key baskets in a decisive nine-point run late in the second half and No. 17 Creighton held Connecticut without a field goal over the final six minutes to beat the Huskies 59-56 in the Big East Tournament semifinals.

The second-seeded Bluejays (20-7) will play eighth-seeded Georgetown in the championship game Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Down 53-48 with 5:44 left in the second half, the Bluejays took over behind Zegarowski. The junior guard started a 9-0 run with a driving layup and capped it with a mid-range jumper that put Creighton up 57-53 with 2:35 left.

Trailing by three with 20 seconds left, UConn (15-7) got off three shots on its final possession: James Bouknight missed a 3 off the dribble, but UConn chased down the rebound. Bouknight then drove to the basket, but his scoop came up short. The Huskies batted out another rebound and Tyler Polley had a wide-open 3 to tie from the wing with 5 seconds left and it rimmed out.

Zegarowski finished with 13 points and Damien Jefferson led Creighton with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Bouknight scored 14 to lead the third-seeded Huskies, who were playing in their first Big East Tournament since 2012 after returning to the conference this season.

Creighton will look for its first Big East Tournament championship a little more than a week after coach Greg McDermott was suspended by the school for making racially insensitive remarks to his team. McDermott missed the regular-season finale before being reinstated earlier this week for the tournament.

Creighton has reached the Big East final twice previously since it joined the league for the 2013-14 season, but has yet to win the championship.

March 12, 2021


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UConn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
I. Whaley F 32 4-8 4-6 1-1 4-7 1 0 1 0 1 13
A. Sanogo F 21 6-9 1-2 0-0 0-5 0 1 0 2 4 13
J. Bouknight G 33 4-14 6-7 0-3 1-8 2 0 1 4 1 14
R. Cole G 30 2-6 0-0 1-1 0-2 3 0 0 1 1 5
T. Martin G 28 1-7 0-0 0-2 2-6 1 0 0 0 1 2
J. Gaffney   20 0-4 2-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 2
T. Polley   19 1-5 2-2 1-5 1-1 0 0 0 0 2 5
A. Jackson   12 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-3 2 0 1 1 2 0
J. Carlton   4 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals   199 19-58
(.328)
15-19
(.789)
3-14
(.214)
9-33 10 1 4 8 13 56


Creighton
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Jefferson F 35 4-13 5-8 1-4 7-12 1 1 0 3 0 14
C. Bishop F 27 5-7 1-4 0-0 2-7 0 1 1 2 4 11
M. Zegarowski G 38 6-14 0-0 1-4 0-4 3 0 0 3 2 13
M. Ballock G 34 3-11 2-2 1-6 0-1 3 0 0 1 3 9
D. Mahoney G 31 1-9 0-0 1-3 0-8 0 0 1 0 4 3
R. Kalkbrenner   13 2-5 0-0 0-0 3-3 0 0 0 1 1 4
A. O'Connell   10 1-1 0-0 0-0 3-8 0 0 1 0 1 2
S. Mitchell   7 1-2 0-0 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 1 2 3
A. Jones   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 23-62
(.371)
8-14
(.571)
5-18
(.278)
17-50 7 3 3 13 17 59

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