Creighton nails 21 from beyond arc, scorches No. 4 Villanova
Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine 3-pointers for all 27 points, Doug McDermott hit five 3s and scored 23 points, and Creighton set a team mark with 21 3-pointers in a 96-68 victory over No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.
The Bluejays (16-3, 6-1 Big East) topped the school record of 20 3s set in 2005 against Chattanooga. Kyle Korver hit nine 3s against Evansville on Jan. 15, 2003. The Bluejays set a Big East record for most 3s in a game.
They hit their first nine 3s and never looked back against Villanova (16-2, 5-1) which had romped its way toward its highest ranking in four years. They made 21 of 35 3-pointers and led by as many 40 points.
Wragge hit eight 3s in the first half and Creighton built a 28-point lead.
Wragge tied Korver's record with his ninth 3-pointer with 13:59 left for a 68-45 lead. McDermott followed with his third 3 and Austin Chatman hit one the next time down for the stunning 29-point lead. Creighton's first win this season against a ranked team was a mere formality.
The Bluejays refused to slow down from 3-point range, with McDermott's fourth 3 extending the lead to 30 and making them 19 for 31.
Oh, and Creighton had 19 3s at the same time Villanova had 16 total field goals.
McDermott, the two-time All-America, tied Creighton's team record with 20 3s not long after, sending the crowd at the home of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers headed to the exits.
Jahenns Manigat hit Creighton's record 21st 3-pointer to make it 88-50 with 7:33 left.
Somehow, this was the same Creighton team that never led in an 81-68 loss at Providence on Saturday. The Bluejays made only four 3s in the loss.
The Wildcats played with their highest ranking since they were No. 3 on Feb. 15, 2010. They are not going to stay No. 4 for long.
Villanova might want to work on defending Wragge in the Feb. 16 rematch.
James Bell scored 19 points for the Wildcats.
Wragge took all of six shots this season inside the 3-point arc, and with good reason. He's rarely missed from long range.
Against Villanova, the 49-percent 3-point shooter didn't miss at all, at least on his first seven attempts. His seventh 3 put the Bluejays up 27-8 just 7 1/2 minutes into the game. With McDermott running into double teams, Wragge was all alone, even hitting one in front of Villanova's bench without a defender within 2 feet of him. Even with the hot hand, Wragge hit the bench for a spell — maybe he had a tired arm — to rest up from all those 3s.
His teammates picked up the slack. McDermott, Manigat and Isaiah Zierden each hit two 3s and Creighton finished the first half a whopping 14 of 22 (64 percent) from beyond the arc. Creighton's season high had been 16 against Chicago State on Dec. 29.
The Bluejays had 11 assists on their first 12 baskets and led by as many as 28 points
The Bluejays couldn't quite keep their 150-point pace game going and Villanova used a 16-3 run to pull to 54-41 win at halftime.
The Wildcats, who used early season wins over Kansas and Iowa to crack the poll, had no second-half comeback in them this time. The Wildcats had made themselves quite at home at the Wells Fargo Center, beating three Top 25 teams there last season en route to the NCAA tournament.