NCAAB Game Recap - Seton Hall at Creighton
Sat Mar 7, 2020 2:30 PM EST

VMI
57
ETSU
70
F
LongI
66
RobM
86
F
Kansas
66
TxTch
62
F
UtSt
59
SDSU
56
F
Maine
50
Vermt
61
F
Denv
69
NDSt
71
F
Murr
75
Belm
76
F
SacHr
72
StFPA
84
F
Woff
77
Furm
68
F
Albany
73
Stony
76
F
IPFW
77
SDSt
74
F
UMassL
75
Hartfo
89
F
GrgWas
51
Dayt
76
F
Chat
78
UNCG
68
F
Pepp
82
StMar
89
F(2OT)
UNH
67
UMBC
73
F
Baylor
64
WVU
76
F
WCU
70
Mercer
56
F
Drake
66
Brad
76
F
USF
72
Pacif
54
F
KY
71
Fla
70
F
Valpa
89
MOSt
82
F
CoCar
63
TexAr
62
F
BC
62
FlaSt
80
F
JMU
61
Elon
63
F
ArkSt
66
ULLa
73
F
Seton
60
Crei
77
F
UNCW
55
Drex
66
F
Lou
54
UVA
57
F
UNC
76
Duke
89
F
Stan
67
Oreg
80
F
Vill
70
GTown
69
F
Aub
85
Tenn
63
F
PSU
69
NW
80
F
Wisc
60
Ind
56
F
Marq
86
StJon
88
F
SCar
74
Vand
83
F
UTEP
77
Rice
72
F
UGA
64
LSU
94
F
LaSal
78
StJos
77
F
Rut
71
Purd
68
F(OT)
VaTec
56
ND
64
F
GMas
65
Ford
61
F
Colora
72
Utah
74
F(OT)
Alab
50
Mizzu
69
F
UCLA
52
USC
54
F
Marsh
82
TexSA
77
F
OkSt
81
Tex
59
F
IaSt
63
KansSt
79
F
Syr
65
Mia-FL
69
F(OT)
NWSt
100
CenAR
85
F
Cal
56
OrSt
74
F
HBU
78
TXAMC
84
F
Ark
69
TexAM
77
F
IdaSt
76
Ida
80
F
Web
69
E WA
78
F
McNee
70
Lamar
66
F
AbCh
71
InWor
68
F(OT)
SamH
57
SFA
68
F
SoMis
62
MidTN
65
F(OT)
Okla
78
TCU
76
F
N CO
75
MTSt
61
F
Corn
85
Princ
82
F
Colum
65
Penn
85
F
Gram
70
AlSt
58
F
TXSo
75
Alc
90
F
PVAM
80
South
89
F(OT)
WaSt
74
AzSt
83
F
Miss
44
MisSt
69
F
DeP
55
Prov
93
F
Charl
43
LaTec
66
F
W Ky
91
FlInt
85
F
SMU
60
SoFL
61
F
URI
64
UMass
63
F
Yale
69
Harv
83
F
Brown
70
Dart
58
F
SeLA
69
NOrl
79
F
JackSt
54
AlaAM
51
F
OlDom
63
UAB
72
F
Temp
63
Cin
64
F
CSBak
61
GrCan
64
F
CBap
76
TexPA
79
F(OT)
StBon
49
StLou
72
F
MsVl
74
ArkPB
71
F
Butl
72
Xav
71
F
S UT
85
Mont
80
F(OT)
UCDav
61
UCRiv
66
F
CAPoly
67
UCSB
69
F
HI
82
CSNor
86
F
Wash
69
Ariz
63
F
Sac
72
PorSt
76
F
LongB
69
CS-Ful
75
F
UMKC
Seatt
Canc
ChiSt
UtVal
Canc

Mar 7, 2020, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(8) Seton Hall (21-9)

32

28

60

(11) Creighton (24-7)

32

45

77

No. 11 Creighton tops Seton Hall for share of Big East title
Sat Mar 7, 2020 6:56 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) This wasn't the year anyone, including Creighton's coaches and players, would have expected a Big East championship banner hung at CHI Health Center.

They were picked seventh in the conference, and they lost two projected starters to injuries before the season opener.

Yet there the No. 11 Bluejays were Saturday, the players mobbed by court-storming students after a 77-60 victory over No. 8 Seton Hall. Moments later, the banner was unfurled from the rafters on the north end of the arena.

"Did we think it was possible? We knew it was going to be hard. Did we know the league was going to be this good? Probably not at that time," coach Greg McDermott said. "So to be sitting in this situation is incredible. When a group of people come together and they believe in each other and they have each other's back, and when they don't care who gets the credit, there are a lot of things that are possible."

Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points as the Bluejays (24-7, 13-5) claimed all or part of their first conference title since winning the Missouri Valley outright in 2012-13. They joined the Big East the next season.

Creighton, Seton Hall and Villanova all went 13-5 in the conference. The Bluejays have won 11 of their last 13 games and, because they swept the season series against the Pirates, will be the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament in New York City next week.

The Bluejays finished the game on a 21-6 run, with the sellout crowd of more than 18,000 growing louder as the clock wound down.

"That was a game for the ages against a very good opponent," McDermott said.

Seeing the court storming and championship banner left Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard feeling a bit blue for his players.

"I think my biggest emotion is the fact that those 13 kids in the locker room didn't get to do the same thing," Willard said. "Nothing's going to take away from the accomplishment that we won a regular-season championship, too. They're all down and disappointed and feeling down, which is normal, but at the same time you have a court storming and hanging a banner."

Seton Hall (21-9) has been in first place or tied for first the entire season but lost its last two games and will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. Villanova, which beat Georgetown on Saturday, is the No. 2 seed.

Denzel Mahoney came off the bench to score 16 points for the Bluejays, and Ty-Shon Alexander had 15 points along with playing a superb defensive game against Seton Hall star Myles Powell.

Powell and Quincy McKnight each scored 15 points for the Pirates and Jared Rhoden added 12 as the Pirates slowed the pace against the Big East's highest-scoring team.

"They slowed the ball up the court, and that actually made us happy," Alexander said. "That let us catch our breath before we went on offense."

Billed by local media as the biggest home game in Creighton program history, the energy in the building was palpable. Alexander got the crowd on its feet right away, stealing the ball from Powell on the opening possession and converting a fast-break pass from Damien Jefferson into an easy layin. Then, after Powell appeared to shed Alexander on a ball screen, Alexander caught him from behind to block his layup try.

There were 16 lead changes and seven ties. The Bluejays began taking control after Mitch Ballock made consecutive 3s and Zegarowski drove the length of the court and snaked his way through the lane for a finger-roll layin to break a 50-all tie.

"We missed a couple around the rim, and they're just excellent in this building," Willard said. "We let Ballock get two 3s back-to-back and whenever he gets going, this team feeds off it. That kind of changed the whole momentum of the game."

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates lost back-to-back games for only the second time this season, and Powell, averaging 27 points in road games, was never able to take control offensively. They were coming off a 79-77 loss to Villanova. Willard said his players' confidence remains high.

"They showed me everything they needed to show me," he said. "After that heartbreaking loss Wednesday, they could have come out and laid an egg, and they came out and battled for 39 minutes."

Creighton: The Bluejays ride momentum into the conference tournament after finishing 17-1 at home and improving to 6-2 against Top 25 opponents.

ROUGH STUFF

Tension spilled over when Jefferson and Sandro Mamukelashvili were chest to chest in the final 2 minutes. Mamukelashvili tried to shove Jefferson, McDermott sprinted across the bench to calm matters and each player was assessed a technical foul. Earlier, Creighton's Kelvin Jones was called for a flagrant-1 foul for a hook-and-hold when he and Romaro Gill locked arms under the basket and spun as if they were square dancing.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wins over Georgetown and Seton Hall should propel Creighton into the top 10 next week. Consecutive losses will drop Seton Hall a few spots.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall plays Xavier or Marquette in the Big East Tournament on Thursday.

Creighton plays Georgetown or St. John's in the Big East Tournament on Thursday.

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Leaders

Seton Hall PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Obiagu 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Samuel 0 0 0 1 0 0
Creighton PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Scurry 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Mitchell 0 0 0 0 1 0

Team Comparison

Seton Crei
Points For 60 77
Field Goals 25/56-45% 29/53-55%
Three Pointers 8/22-36% 14/26-54%
Free Throws 2/7-29% 5/9-56%
Offensive Rebounds 12 3
Defensive Rebounds 23 21
Rebounds 37 25
Blocks 1 4
Steals 3 6
Turnovers 14 5
Personal Fouls 16 10
Technical Fouls 1 1
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Crei Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 12 Crei 87 @ Seton 82 K. Jones 4 T. Samuel 1
Sat Mar 7 Seton 60 @ Crei 77 M. Cale 2 K. Jones 2

Game Information

Stadium: CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Attendance: 18,519
Game Time: