Ballock hits 5 of Creighton’s 13 3s in win over Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ty-Shon Alexander scored 18 points and Mitch Ballock added 17, including five of Creighton’s 13 3-pointers, to help the Bluejays beat Providence 79-68 Monday in the Big East opener for both teams.
Alpha Diallo made a jumper to give the Friars (10-4) a 48-46 lead with 12:55 to play but six different Bluejays combined to hit seven 3-pointers in the next seven minutes and Creighton took an 11-point lead — the biggest by either team — when Davion Mintz made two free throws with 5:17 remaining. Maliek White’s layup trimmed Providence’s deficit to 73-66 with 1:23 left but the Bluejays made 6-of-6 free throws from there to seal it.
Diallo had 18 points and 10 rebounds — his 11th career double-double and fifth of the season — for the Friars, who had their three-game win streak snapped. White scored 13 points, David Duke added 11 and Makai Ashton-Langford 10.