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Creighton makes statement, defeats Clemson to win Cayman Islands Classic

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Ty-Shon Alexander had a career-high 36 points in the victory.

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For the third time in four years, the Creighton Bluejays are returning from Feast Week with some hardware, as the Bluejays took down the #16 Clemson Tigers, 87-82, to win the Cayman Islands Classic.

The game was the culmination of a great week for Creighton, as the Bluejays were reeling after their Gavitt Games loss to Ohio State. It would have been easy for Creighton to fold in the face of adversity, but they showed what they were made of.

Ty-Shon Alexander was the story of this game. The sophomore guard had a career-high 36 points on just 16 shots and knocked down seven threes, bringing his season total to 21.

Alexander’s development was something to watch throughout the tournament, and it’s awesome that it concluded with his career-best game. He will likely be the leading scorer for the Bluejays this year, and they’ll need him to be on top of his game as often as possible.

The Bluejays played perhaps their most dominant game of the season on Wednesday, as well. They led 45-35 at the half, and never trailed again after getting the lead shortly before the first media timeout.

All in all, the week has to be looked at a very positive step for a Bluejays team that was picked to finish ninth in the Big East this season.