NCAAB Game Recap - Villanova at Creighton
Tue Jan 7, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Baylor
57
TxTch
52
F
OhSt
55
MD
67
F
Mia-FL
58
Lou
74
F
KY
78
UGA
69
F
Vill
64
Crei
59
F
UVA
53
BC
60
F
PSU
61
Rut
72
F
Hou
78
Temp
74
F
SoFL
59
ECU
62
F
Prov
81
Marq
80
F(OT)
Tenn
69
Mizzu
59
F
Rider
61
Quin
80
F
Fla
81
SCar
68
F
E MI
68
Ohio
74
F
Toled
77
Kent
84
F
(N/A)
68
Corn
100
F
NIU
67
CenMI
68
F
(N/A)
53
Brown
79
F
MiaO
76
BGSU
78
F
Buff
68
Ball
88
F
W MI
69
Akr
84
F
Valpa
50
SIU
63
F
IndSt
60
NrthIA
68
F
MOSt
67
IlSt
63
F
VaTec
67
Syr
63
F
TCU
59
KansSt
57
F
Miss
47
TexAM
57
F
Iowa
70
Nebras
76
F
LoyIL
62
Drake
65
F
UtSt
60
AF
79
F
Fres
64
NM
78
F

Jan 7, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(16) Villanova (11-3)

25

39

64

Creighton (12-4)

33

26

59

Gillespie scores 24, leads No. 16 'Nova past Creighton 64-59
Wed Jan 8, 2020 12:22 AM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) What Jay Wright called Villanova's best defensive performance of the season masked another poor offensive night for the 16th-ranked Wildcats.

Collin Gillespie was the only `Nova player to find any rhythm against Creighton, but the defense clamped down late and allowed the Wildcats to win 64-59 on Tuesday night, ending their six-game Big East road losing streak dating to last season.

Gillespie and Saddiq Bey made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Villanova the lead for good in the final four minutes, and the Wildcats slowed the tempo and forced crucial turnovers in the second half to complete a comeback from a 14-point deficit.

"That's what we do," Gillespie said. "That's Villanova basketball. Coming into an opponent's arena, staying 94 by 50 feet with your brothers and coaches and knowing there are going to be ups and downs and they're going to go on runs. Battle for 40 minutes. We did a pretty good job of that today. We got down early but we battled back and just stole the game."

The Wildcats (11-3, 2-1 Big East) ended Creighton's 15-game home win streak and denied Bluejays coach Greg McDermott his 500th career win. Creighton (12-4, 1-2) has lost two in a row, both to ranked opponents.

Gillespie finished with 24 points and was by far the Wildcats' best shooter, making 8 of 10 from the field, 4 of 5 from 3-point range. His teammates were a combined 15 for 51, including 2 of 28 on 3s. Bey had 11 points, Jermaine Samuels added 10 and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 14 rebounds.

Gillespie got a cramp in his left foot in the second half and limped to the bench for a timeout. He ended up playing all but one minute.

"We were going to keep him in there," Wright said. "He's a killer. He's a Villanova guard. He's an absolute assassin."

The Bluejays, whose offensive mantra is to "Let It Fly," attempted a season-low 14 3-pointers and made just three. The Wildcats' defense was designed to take away Creighton's perimeter shots, and that freed up big man Christian Bishop to score 16 points.

Gillespie's 3-pointer from the right wing put the Wildcats up 55-54 with 3:37 left, their first lead since it was 1-0. Mitch Ballock answered with a 3 on the other end for Creighton, but Bey then hit the same spot as Gillespie to give Villanova the lead for good.

Bey blocked a Marcus Zegarowski shot before Gillespie scored inside the lane. The Wildcats finished off Creighton at the free-throw line, and the Bluejays missed eight of nine shots during a stretch late in the game.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats are playing three freshmen and three sophomores in their rotation and are still developing their identity. This was a gritty road win, the product of a strong defensive effort. The shooting still needs work. They're shooting 24.9 percent on 3s (46 of 185) over the last six games.

Creighton: The Bluejays are tough at home, and they'll be kicking themselves for letting this one slip away.

BAD OMEN?

Sorry, Creighton. Since the reconfiguration of the Big East in 2013, none of the six regular-season conference champions have dropped below .500 at any point in league play.

HE SAID IT

"Villanova has never been a team to beat themselves, and they still aren't. It's like death by paper cut after paper cut after paper cut. Finally you bleed to death." - McDermott.

UP NEXT

Villanova hosts Georgetown on Saturday.

Creighton visits Xavier on Saturday, continuing a stretch in which it plays three of four on the road.

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Leaders

Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Swider 0 0 0 1 1 0
B. Antoine 0 0 0 0 0 0
Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Mitchell 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Bishop 16 0 0 9 0 1

Team Comparison

Vill Crei
Points For 64 59
Field Goals 23/61-38% 22/53-42%
Three Pointers 6/33-18% 3/14-21%
Free Throws 12/13-92% 12/15-80%
Offensive Rebounds 9 4
Defensive Rebounds 28 29
Rebounds 38 35
Blocks 4 2
Steals 6 2
Turnovers 5 9
Personal Fouls 14 16
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Vill Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 7 Vill 64 @ Crei 59 B. Slater 2 K. Jones 4

Game Information

Stadium: CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Attendance: 17,682
Game Time: