OMAHA, Neb. – Marcus Zegarowski scored 23 points, leading six Creighton players in the double digits. The Bluejays at number 21 defeated St. Johns 94-82 on Saturday.
Creighton had the best 60 percent in the season and reached the season high with 13 3 points, but was only able to part with the Red Storm in the middle of the second half. At this point, Zegarowski scored one hit on one trip and 3 hits on two consecutive possessions when the lead increased up to 17 points.
Zegarowski, who scored an average of just under 16 points per game, recovered from a 1:10 win with three points on Wednesday when he lost to Providence.
Denzel Mahoney scored 18 points for Creighton (18-6, 7-4 Big East) and Ty-Shon Alexander and Damien Jefferson added 16. Christian Bishop and Mitch Ballock finished with 10 pieces. The Bluejays couldn't afford a home defeat for the ninth team in the Great East after losing at Providence on Wednesday at 17. They improved to 13: 1 in the CHI Health Center.
Marcellus Earlington posted a career high of 25 points at Red Storm (13-11, 2-9). The second year was 3 for 4 on 3s after it came 3 for 21 for the season.
Bishop hit a jumper and threw a huge blow from a Zegarowski feed to send Creighton 47:37 ahead in the second half.
The Red Storm got 3s from unlikely sources to reduce the deficit. Earlington made two in a row to start the second half, and Nick Rutherford, 4 of 25, hit one to get the red storm within 58-54.
Creighton made only eight sales against a St. Johns team that had 13 or more sales in their last 23 games.
The Red Storm were in the game until the last 10 minutes because they controlled the boards, had an 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds and scored 3-point goals in time. But the defense couldn't stop the Bluejays.