NCAAB Game Recap - Creighton at Xavier
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Gonz
87
LoyMa
62
F
Wake
59
Duke
90
F
Baylor
67
Kansas
55
F
UGA
60
Aub
82
F
Bois
65
SDSU
83
F
AzSt
69
Oreg
78
F
OhSt
54
Ind
66
F
Lou
67
ND
64
F
Alab
67
KY
76
F
UMass
60
Dayt
88
F
GTown
66
Vill
80
F
TxTch
54
WVU
66
F
Syr
63
UVA
55
F(OT)
Wisc
58
PSU
49
F
Tul
65
Temp
51
F
Cin
68
UCF
54
F
Rut
51
Ill
54
F
DeP
67
StJon
74
F
SCar
55
Tenn
56
F
Merrim
62
RobM
94
F
BGSU
83
Ohio
74
F
Vermt
74
UMBC
50
F
Lafy
65
LoyMD
62
F
Army
59
Boston
81
F
SMU
68
ECU
71
F
NCC
66
DelSt
68
F
OkSt
40
TCU
52
F
Detr
67
YSU
69
F
Crei
77
Xav
65
F
Charl
56
W&M
67
F
NCSU
58
VaTec
72
F
URI
65
VACom
56
F
Del
68
Tows
84
F
Samf
67
Chat
105
F
Ford
44
StBon
64
F
Campbl
63
Radf
68
F
GMas
76
LaSal
63
F
IlSt
52
IndSt
65
F
ULMo
62
GASt
84
F
HolyC
60
Buck
75
F
StJos
83
David
89
F(OT)
Denv
80
W IL
86
F
CoCar
82
TexAr
77
F
FlInt
78
Rice
92
F
Maine
70
Albany
76
F
Oakl
68
Clev
55
F
E IL
66
MorSt
69
F
TexAM
69
Vand
50
F
CenMI
73
Kent
79
F
(N/A)
58
CenCT
46
F
Norf
71
How
63
F
Hou
61
Tuls
63
F
Copp
80
BethC
85
F
Duques
66
GrgWas
61
F
Drake
61
Valpa
66
F
SoMis
70
TexSA
80
F
NrthIA
80
MOSt
57
F
FlAtl
58
N TX
81
F
Evans
44
LoyIL
78
F
MtStM
67
Bry
65
F
FlGlf
66
Stetsn
62
F(OT)
Marq
55
Seton
69
F
HiPt
62
Presb
77
F
OlDom
47
Charl
53
F
Colg
70
Navy
63
F
Drex
78
JMU
71
F
ULLa
51
GaSo
71
F
UNCW
63
Elon
80
F
SIU-E
72
E KY
78
F
VMI
55
ETSU
61
F
SamH
82
CenAR
89
F
NCAT
91
MD-ES
53
F
Morg
68
FlaAM
77
F
NebOm
81
SDak
91
F
Clem
79
UNC
76
F(OT)
Nebras
57
NW
62
F
E MI
68
NIU
71
F
NWSt
76
McNee
85
F
TXAMC
56
AbCh
68
F
FaDi
70
LongI
84
F
Nich
69
SeLA
58
F
N AL
82
Lipsco
69
F
NJIT
78
NFla
66
F
Troy
68
ArkSt
76
F(OT)
ColSt
81
SJSU
70
F
App
57
TxSt
82
F
APSU
71
JacSt
67
F
Mercer
71
WCU
79
F
Jacksn
37
Lib
54
F
NOrl
70
InWor
73
F
TNSt
75
SEMO
73
F
Belm
85
TN-M
78
F
SthAL
52
ArkLR
43
F
Bingha
66
UMassL
85
F
UNCA
71
ChaSo
69
F
GaTec
71
BC
52
F
WaSt
62
Stan
88
F
IdaSt
71
NoAZ
67
F
UMKC
71
NMSt
74
F
AF
78
NM
84
F
Ark
76
Miss
72
F
W Ky
69
MidTN
53
F
StLou
74
Rich
58
F
Longw
80
Hamp
83
F
JackSt
76
Alc
65
F
Gram
61
South
56
F
Citad
71
Woff
73
F
USF
79
Pacif
75
F
UNLV
78
Wyo
69
F(OT)
WIMil
87
WIGB
80
F
SDSt
70
IPFW
61
F
GWebb
95
Winth
99
F(3OT)
W MI
59
Toled
67
F
UNH
48
Stony
73
F
StFNY
80
StFPA
81
F
Amer
73
Leh
82
F
UNCG
86
Furm
73
F
Okla
68
IaSt
81
F
CS-Ful
59
UCRiv
65
F
SCla
67
StMar
66
F
Wash
58
Cal
61
F(OT)
Nev
70
UtSt
80
F
PorSt
77
MTSt
76
F
CBap
61
GrCan
57
F
ChiSt
63
TexPA
87
F
KansSt
50
Tex
64
F
N DA
73
Oral
88
F
MisSt
59
LSU
60
F
Lamar
102
HBU
92
F
SIU
48
Brad
67
F
Marsh
50
UAB
61
F
ArkPB
49
AlaAM
59
F
Fla
75
Mizzu
91
F
PVAM
67
TXSo
71
F
LaTec
64
UTEP
61
F
Murr
81
TNTec
69
F
Portl
70
BYU
96
F
MsVl
75
AlSt
81
F
CSNor
56
CAPoly
74
F
USC
74
UCLA
63
F
UtVal
50
Seatt
83
F
LongB
55
UCSB
52
F
Pepp
85
USD
78
F
HI
60
UCIrv
74
F
Web
57
Sac
71
F

Creighton 77, Xavier 65

Jan 11, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Creighton (13-4)

32

45

77

Xavier (12-5)

27

38

65

Ballock, Alexander lead Creighton past Xavier 77-65
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:40 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) The Creighton Bluejays earned an important Big East road win on Saturday, and in doing so helped head coach Greg McDermott achieve a career milestone.

Mitch Ballock scored 19 points and went 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and Ty-Shon Alexander added 18 points lifting the Bluejays to a 77-65 victory over Xavier at Cintas Center, giving McDermott his 500th career victory as a head coach.

“I’ve had a lot of great players and great people play for me, and great coaches over those 25 years,” McDermott said. “To get the (500th) win on the road against a program that I respect as much as Xavier makes it even a bit more special.”

Creighton (13-4, 2-2 Big East), which made only three 3-point shots in Tuesday's loss to No. 16 Villanova, its fewest since 2017, hit 9 of 23 attempts on Saturday.

Naji Marshall led Xavier with 21 points and Paul Scruggs scored 19 as the Musketeers suffered their second straight Big East loss at home.

“This is a point of adversity for our team,” said Xavier head coach Travis Steele. “This league is unforgiving. It’s the best league in the country. We’re going to keep working and getting better. It’s not panic time.”

The Bluejays became only the second team to beat Xavier four times in Cintas Center, joining Villanova. Creighton is one of only nine teams to beat the Musketeers multiple times there.

Both teams started cold from the perimeter. Xavier made just one of its first 15 3-point attempts and finished the first half 2 of 17. Creighton made 4 of 12 attempts in the first half, three by Ballock.

"All of our guys work on our 3-point jump shot,” said Creighton guard Marcus Zegarowski. “Defenses are getting out on shooters more often. It is hard to get looks, but we were finding our rhythm in the second half."

Creighton’s game plan was to force the Musketeers to rely on perimeter shots which isn’t their strength. More than half of Xavier’s shot attempts in the first half were 3-pointers.

"Our guys did a great job in the first 15 minutes keeping Xavier at bay,” McDermott said. “Today we tried to sag off and not let (Xavier forward) Tyrique Jones open inside. We were going to let them shoot it. We felt keeping the ball out of Jones' hands was our best option."

The Bluejays extended their five-point halftime lead to 11 points with 16:26 left. Xavier (12-5, 1-3) cut the deficit to three points on Marshall's 3-pointer with 8:20 remaining, but poor perimeter shooting prevented a Musketeers comeback. Xavier shot 5 of 26 from behind the arc (19%).

“We were getting good looks, but we can’t rely on 3s,��� Marshall said. “We have to be a defensive-minded team. We let our offense dictate our defense tonight. We need to learn to play a full 40 minutes.”

Zegarowski, who came in averaging 17.4 points per game, third best in the Big East, was held in check for the most part with 11 points. But the attention he was given opened up opportunities for his teammates.

The Musketeers simply had trouble handling Ballock. His fifth 3-pointer put Creighton ahead 65-53 with two minutes left to seal a victory. Xavier beat the Bluejays in two of three meetings last season.

“They got us the last two times, one at their place last year and one in the Big East tournament last year,” said Zegarowski. “It is always good to get a win on the road especially in this league."

GOODIN BENCHED

Xavier senior point guard Quentin Goodin played only 19 minutes. He was removed from the game with 16:26 remaining and did not return. “He wasn’t doing the game plan,” Steele said. Goodin finished with four assists and no turnovers, but also was 0-for-7 shooting, with six of those attempts from 3-point range.

MILESTONE

With the win, McDermott became the 27th active Division I head coach to have 500 or more victories. He has won 50 or more games at four different schools. He owns a .619 winning percentage in his 808 games as a head coach. McDermott’s hair and suit were visibly wet during Saturday’s postgame press conference. “The guys thought that was funny,” McDermott said of his locker-room dousing. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve been blessed. It’s been a grind. It’s a time of reflection when something like this happens.”

UP NEXT

Creighton: The Bluejays play at Georgetown on Wednesday.

Xavier: The Musketeers play at Marquette on Wednesday.

Leaders

Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Mitchell 0 0 1 0 0 0
M. Ballock 19 0 3 8 0 0
Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Goodin 0 0 4 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Crei Xav
Points For 77 65
Field Goals 26/60-43% 28/70-40%
Three Pointers 9/23-39% 5/26-19%
Free Throws 16/19-84% 4/6-67%
Offensive Rebounds 13 15
Defensive Rebounds 28 22
Rebounds 43 39
Blocks 3 5
Steals 3 3
Turnovers 10 8
Personal Fouls 14 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 11 Crei 77 @ Xav 65 K. Jones 2 Z. Freemantle 2

Game Information

Stadium: Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 10,529
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